Abby Reiter is a sociology doctoral student at George Mason, focusing on race, class, stratification, and urban sociology. She earned a BA in Psychology at the University of Virginia, and an MA in Public Sociology at the University of North Carolina Wilmington in May 2009. Her thesis was an evaluation of a diversity program for pre-service teachers, which revealed subtle and overt preconceived expectations of students based on race, class, and family characteristics. She has collaborated with a few professors to publish several articles and book chapters, spanning the topics of race inequality and homophobia in the classroom, teachers’ expectations of students, and wealth inequality due to inheritance.
She worked as a research assistant for GMU’s Center for Social Science Research until she moved to NC last May to begin dissertation fieldwork. She is currently working on her dissertation, which examines the effects of segregation and race on social reproduction, as reflected in education outcomes. Her work uses ethnographic techniques and survey data. She also works as a sociology instructor at Cape Fear Community College in Wilmington, NC.