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Department of Sociology at Lehman College

Susan A. Dumais

Susan A. DumaisI joined the sociology department at Lehman College as an associate professor in 2013. Prior to that, I was an associate professor of sociology at Louisiana State University. I am very excited to be back in the Northeast (I am originally from Massachusetts) and have been really impressed with the diversity, passion, and perseverance of the student body here at Lehman. So far, I have taught Education and Society (SOC 235), Education, Politics, and Society: Global and Cross-National Perspectives (SOC 335), and Research Methods (SOC 301).

I am an active scholar involved in multiple projects addressing education, inequality, and culture. I enjoy collaborating with colleagues, graduate students, and undergraduate students, and I employ a variety of methodological approaches to answer my research questions. My current research focuses on:

  • Students who are the first in their families to attend college: I examine trends in college access for first-generation college-goers, factors leading to persistence and graduation among first-generation students, and later life outcomes for first-generation college graduates;
  • Arts participation and educational inequality: I study how social class is associated with involvement in the arts, and whether and how involvement in the arts results in the reproduction of social class inequality or the upward mobility of individuals from less privileged backgrounds.
  • Parenting practices and educational outcomes: I investigate how parents' educational and racial/ethnic backgrounds relate to the activities in which they involve their children and the ways they interact with professionals in educational and other settings, and whether the educational payoffs from parents' investments are equal across social class and race/ethnicity.

My office is in B-61 Carman, and the easiest way to get in touch with me is via email, at

  • CV (PDF)