Grad Students

Amber Villalobos

Contact Information

Office  Haines 228 A

My research focuses broadly on social stratification, inequality, and mobility. As a former student and teacher of Title I schools, I am interested in understanding the causes and consequences of the educational achievement gap between underserved students and their more advantaged peers. My most recent work used quantitative methods to examine the role of teacher social origins in educational inequality at the K-12 level. Future work will examine race and SES differentials in access and returns to higher education, as well as the implications for social mobility and overall inequality.

Fields of Study

Social Stratification/Mobility; Education; Demography

Grants and Awards

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2014-2019

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Traineeship, 2014-2015

Graduate Summer Research Mentorship Fellowship (UCLA), 2014

Eugene V. Cota-Robles Fellowship (UCLA), 2013-2018

Phi Beta Kappa, 2010


Jennie Brand


M.A. Sociology, University of California, Los Angeles, 2015

B.A. Sociology (highest honors, special honors), The University of Texas at Austin, 2011