Natasha Quadlin

Associate Professor

Contact Information

Office  299 Haines Hall

(On leave at the Russell Sage Foundation for 2022-23)

Natasha Quadlin is an Associate Professor of Sociology at UCLA. Her research examines social inequality in the contemporary United States, with an emphasis on inequality in access and returns to education. She is particularly interested in using large-scale experiments and surveys to examine the mechanisms behind inequalities in schools, families, and labor markets. Other projects use experimental methods to examine public attitudes, and how these attitudes are linked with inequalities on account of gender, social class, race, and other characteristics.


Ph.D., Sociology, Indiana University, 2017

M.S., Applied Statistics, Indiana University, 2014

M.A., Sociology, Indiana University, 2013

B.S., Social Policy, Northwestern University, 2009 (Summa cum Laude)


Visiting Scholar, Russell Sage Foundation, 2022-23

Doris Entwisle Early Career Award, ASA Section on Sociology of Education, 2021

Lupia-Mutz Outstanding Publication Award, Time-Sharing Experiments for the Social Sciences (TESS), 2021

Devah Pager Outstanding Article Award, ASA Section on Inequality, Poverty, and Mobility, 2019

Distinguished Article Award, ASA Section on Sociology of Sex and Gender, 2019

James Coleman Award for Best Article, ASA Section on Sociology of Education, 2019

National Academy of Education/Spencer Dissertation Fellowship, 2016-17

Karl F. Schuessler Award for Graduate Research, Indiana University Department of Sociology, 2016

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow

Selected Publications


Quadlin, Natasha, and Brian Powell. 2022. Who Should Pay? Higher Education, Responsbility, and the Public. New York: Russell Sage Foundation. (Link)


Quadlin, Natasha and Bradley Montgomery. 2022. “When a Name Gives You Pause: Racialized Names and Time-to-Adoption in a County Dog Shelter.” Social Psychology Quarterly 85(2):210-35.

Conwell, Jordan A. and Natasha Quadlin. 2022. “Race, Gender, Higher Education, and Socioeconomic Attainment: Evidence from Baby Boomers at Mid-Life.” Social Forces 100(3):990–1024.

Roscigno, Vincent J., Jill E. Yavorsky, and Natasha Quadlin. 2021. “Gendered Dignity at Work.” American Journal of Sociology 127(2):562–620.

Quadlin, Natasha and Jordan A. Conwell. 2021. “Race, Gender, and Parental College Savings: Assessing Economic and Academic Factors.” Sociology of Education 94(1):20–42.

Quadlin, Natasha. 2020. “From Major Preferences to Major Choices: Gender and Logics of Major Choice.” Sociology of Education 93(2):91–109.

Quadlin, Natasha. 2019. “Sibling Achievement, Sibling Gender, and Beliefs about Parental Investment: Evidence from a National Survey Experiment.” Social Forces 97(4):1603–30.

Doan, Long and Natasha Quadlin. 2019. “Partner Characteristics and Perceptions of Responsibility for Housework and Child Care.” Journal of Marriage and Family 81(1):145–63.

Quadlin, Natasha. 2018. “The Mark of a Woman’s Record: Gender and Academic Performance in Hiring.” American Sociological Review 83(2):331–60.

Quadlin, Natasha. 2017. “Funding Sources, Family Income, and Fields of Study in College.” Social Forces 96(1):91–120.

Quadlin, Natasha Yurk. 2016. “Gender and Time Use in College: Converging or Diverging Pathways?” Gender & Society 30(2):36185.

Quadlin, Natasha Yurk and Daniel Rudel. 2015. “Responsibility or Liability? Student Loan Debt and Time Use in College.” Social Forces 94(2):589614.

Graduate Students

I work with and advise graduate students with wide-ranging interests in sociology, including inequality, gender, family, education, race/ethnicity, social psychology, quantitative methods, and experiments. I advise new students every year and am continually accepting students who want to work with me and other members of the UCLA faculty. If you're interested in working with me, please get in touch and we can assess whether you'd be a good fit with our program.


Emma Cohen, American Institutes for Research

Jordan Conwell, University of Texas at Austin

Long Doan, University of Maryland

Christina Ciocca Eller, Harvard University

Laura Hamilton, University of California, Merced

Brian Powell, Indiana University

Vinnie Roscigno, Ohio State University

Tom VanHeuvelen, University of Minnesota

Jill Yavorsky, University of North Carolina-Charlotte