Ingrid Nelson

Assistant Professor of Sociology

Teaching this semester

AFRS 3320/EDUC 3320/SOC 3320. Diversity in Higher Education

Explores higher education in the contemporary United States through a sociological lens, highlighting the ways that colleges and universities both promote social mobility and perpetuate inequality. Examines the functions of higher education for students and society; issues of inequality in college access, financing, campus experiences, and outcomes later in life; the challenges and benefits of diversity and inclusion; and other topics, with special attention across all topics to the case of African Americans.

SOC 2020. Quantitative Analysis in Sociology

Introduces the uses of quantitative methods in the study of our social world, with emphasis on descriptive and inferential statistics. Applies quantitative methods to answer sociological questions, focusing on secondary analysis of national survey data. Employs statistical computing software as a research tool.

Education

  • B.A., Sociology, Wellesley College
  • M.A., Sociology, Stanford University
  • Ph.D., Sociology of Education, Stanford University

Research Interests

Social contexts of educational inequality, Latin@ youth, out-of-school time, transitions to adulthood, pathways to college, community-based research, rural youth

Publications and Reports

Why Afterschool MattersNelson, Ingrid A. 2017. Why Afterschool Matters. Camden, NJ: Rutgers University Press. 

Nelson, Ingrid A. 2016. “Rural Students’ Social Capital in the College Application Process.” Rural Sociology 81(2):249-81. 

Nelson, Ingrid A., Rebecca A. London, and Karen Strobel. 2015. “Reinventing the Role of the University Researcher.” Educational Researcher 44(1):17-26. 

Nelson, Ingrid A. 2010. “From Quantitative to Qualitative: Adapting the Life History Calendar Method.” Field Methods 22(4):413-28. 

Nelson, Ingrid A. 2009. “The Differential Role of Youth Development Program Participation for Latina/o Adolescents.” Afterschool Matters 8:20-33. 

Nelson, Ingrid A. and Billie Gastic. 2009. “Street Ball, Swim Team and the Sour Cream Machine: A Cluster Analysis of Out of School Time Participation Portfolios.” Journal of Youth and Adolescence 38(9):1172-86. 

Strobel, Karen and Ingrid A. Nelson. 2007. “A Model for Fostering Youth Leadership: The Youth Engaged in Leadership and Learning Program (YELL).” Youth Developments: Issues and Analyses in Youth Policy 1(2):1-8. 

Strobel, Karen and Ingrid A. Nelson. 2007. Understanding Youth Leadership Development: An examination of the Youth Engaged in Leadership and Learning Program (YELL). Stanford, CA: John W. Gardner Center. 

Nelson, Ingrid A. Forthcoming. “The Semi-Structured Life History Calendar Method for Qualitative Research.” In Research Methods in Health Social Sciences, edited by P. Liamputtong. Springer.

 

Conference Papers and Presentations

“Plugging the Rural Brain Drain: Social Capital Among College Graduates Who Return to Rural Locales.” American Educational Research Association. April, 2017 

“To Leave or Not to Leave: Empowering Rural College Graduates for Rural Return.” Sociology of Education Association. February, 2017

“Learning to Return: Residential Sorting Among Rural College Graduates.” American Sociological Association. August, 2016

“My Bio Lecture Had More People Than My Hometown”: Social Capital in Rural Students’ Pathways to College Graduation.” Sociology
of Education Association. February, 2016
 
“Social Capital and College Persistence among Rural College Graduates.” American Educational Research Association. April, 2015
 
“Trajectories of Advantage: Social Capital in Low Income Rural Achievers’ Pathways to College.” Sociology of Education
Association. February, 2015

“Staying in Maine: Family and Community Social Capital in Rural College Graduates Transition to Adulthood.”
American Sociological Association Annual Meeting. August, 2014

“’Kind of Make-Your-Own Pathway’: Rural College Graduates’ Social Capital During the College Process.”
American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting. April, 2014

“Parental Support and College Satisfaction Among Rural Scholarship Recipients.”
American Sociological Association Annual Meeting. August, 2013

“Educational Success and the Transition to Adulthood for First Generation Rural Students.”
Eastern Sociological Society Annual Meeting. March, 2013

“Varying Influences of Extracurricular Participation for Latino Youth: Intertwining Roles of Context, Relationships and Agency.”
American Sociological Association Annual Meeting. August, 2012

“From Stop Over to Savior: The Embedded Influence of Out of School Time Programs for Mexican American Youth.” 
Eastern Sociological Society Annual Meeting.
 February, 2012

“University, Schools, and Multiple Agencies Sharing Data to Inform Community-Wide Action.”
American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting. April 2011.

“Making Sausage: Multi-Level Relationship Building in University-School Research Collaborations.”
American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting. May, 2010

“The Power of Mastery: Adolescents’ Mastery Goal Orientation, Classroom Practices and School Change.”
Society for Research on Adolescence Biennial Meeting. March, 2010

“Latinos’ Perceptions of the Quality of Local Public Schools.”
National Conference on Latino Politics, Power and Policy. October, 2009

“Adapting the Life History Calendar for Qualitative Studies: Examining Latino Youth’s Pathways to College.”
American Sociological Association Annual Meeting. August, 2009

“From Quantitative to Qualitative: Reinventing the Life History Calendar.”
Ethnographic and Qualitative Research Conference. June, 2009

“Extracurricular Activities and Higher Education: A Longitudinal Mixed-Methods Study of Latino Adolescents.”
American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting. April, 2009

“Street Ball, Swim Team and Sour Cream Machines: A National Look at Adolescents’ Extracurricular Portfolios.”
American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting. April, 2009

“Extracurricular Activity Participation and Hispanic Adolescents’ Pathways to College.”
Add Health Users Conference, National Institutes of Health. July, 2008

“Latino Youth Pathways to College: Differential Role of After School Program Participation.”
American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting. March, 2008

“The Road Less Traveled: Pathways to Civic Engagement Among Latino Youth.”
American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting. March, 2008

“Can I Really Make a Difference? Urban Youth as Agents of Change.”
Society for Research on Adolescence Biennial Meeting. March, 2008

“Bored or Burnt Out? Youth and Out of School Activity.”
American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting. April, 2007

Awards

Karofsky Prize 

Faculty Award for Community Engagement   

Karofsky Family Encore Lecturer                 

Vice Provost of Graduate Education Academic Achievement Award for the Stanford University LGBT Community Resources Center, 2011.

2010 Emerging Scholar Award - Out-of-School Time Special Interest Group of the American Educational Research Association (AERA)