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Melanie Jones Gast

Melanie Jones Gast is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at DePaul University in Chicago, IL. She received her PhD in Sociology from the University of California, Davis (2010) and completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Center for Research on Educational Opportunity (CREO) at University of Notre Dame (2010-11). She studies the links between race/ethnicity, social class, and processes related to social mobility, particularly among racial/ethnic minority youth and families. She focuses on perceptions of identity, access, and opportunity in organizational, educational, and community contexts. Her research and teaching focus on race, ethnicity, social class, education, culture, and urban communities. She has published in Teachers College Record, DuBois Review, The Journal of Higher Education, and Social Science Research.

Research Interests

  • Race and Ethnicity
  • Sociology of Education
  • Social Class
  • Social Capital
  • Qualitative Methods
  • Immigrant and Racial/Ethnic Minorities

Selected Publications

Hillman, Nicholas W., Melanie Jones Gast, Casey George-Jackson. When to Begin?: Socioeconomic and Racial/Ethnic Differences in Financial Planning, Preparing, and Saving for College Forthcoming at Teachers College Record.

Okamoto, Dina G. and Melanie Jones Gast. 2013. Racial Inclusion or Accommodation?: Expanding Community Boundaries among Asian American Organizations.  Du Bois Review. 10: 131-153.

Grodsky, Eric and Melanie T. Jones.  2007.  Real and Imagined Barriers to College Entry: Perceptions of Cost.  Social Science Research 36: 745-766.