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Member Spotlight: Does Religious Upbringing Put Students on Different Paths to College?

Virtual March 31, 2022 at 4:00 pm ET Public Event

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March 31, 2022 at 4pm ET

In the United States, the demographic circumstances of a child’s birth substantially shape their academic success. Yet absent from most socioeconomic analyses of the U.S. is its highly religious population— we are the most devout country among rich Western democracies. How does a religious upbringing influence a student’s academic outcomes?

In this talk, Dr. Horwitz will discuss research from her new book, God, Grades, and Graduation: Religion’s Surprising Impact on Academic Success (Oxford University Press, 2022). She will explain why intensely religious students tend to overperform in educational attainment and undermatch in college choice, and how the relationship between religion and academic outcomes varies by socioeconomic status. There will be ample time for audience Q&A.

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About the Speaker:

  • Ilana Horwitz-min

    Ilana M. Horwitz is an Assistant Professor and Fields-Rayant Chair of Jewish Studies and Sociology at Tulane University. She is the author of God, Grades, and Graduation: Religion’s Surprising Impact on Academic Success (Oxford University Press, 2022).  Her scholarship has appeared or is forthcoming in leading sociology journals, including American Sociological Review and Social Science Research, and public outlets such as Washington Post, The Conversation, Inside Higher Education and Religion News Service.

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