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Elizabeth Armstrong

Elizabeth Armstrong

Elizabeth Armstrong

Sociology
University of Michigan
Fellow, 2018-19

During her fellowship year, Elizabeth Armstrong will analyze data collected as part of a NSF-funded project on university responses to sexual misconduct. She will also collaborate with fellows Estelle Freedman and Jennifer Freyd on interdisciplinary approaches to sexual violence research.

Armstrong’s scholarship focuses on the reproduction of gender, class, and race inequalities. She examines these processes in the domain of sexuality and within the organizational context of the university. Her co-authored book, Paying for the Party: How College Maintains Inequality (Harvard University Press, 2013), followed a cohort of young women through their experiences at a large Midwestern state university. The book challenges the claim that college equalizes the life chances of college graduates. The authors demonstrated that the most well-resourced and seductive route through this university was a “party pathway” anchored in the Greek system and facilitated by the administration. This pathway benefited the affluent, while disadvantaging the majority.

Armstrong is a professor of sociology and organizational studies at the University of Michigan. Before coming to the University of Michigan in 2009, she held a faculty appointment in the department of sociology at Indiana University. She was a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University and a recipient of a National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship. She earned her MA and PhD degrees in sociology at the University of California, Berkeley, and a BA in sociology and computer science from the University of Michigan.

See more about her work here: https://sites.lsa.umich.edu/elizabetharmstrong/