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Karly Ford

Dr. Karly Ford

Associate Professor and Research Associate of Education (HIED)

Phone: 814-865-9756

405E Rackley Building
University Park, PA 16802


  • Education Policy Studies


  • Higher Education Program
  • Comparative and International Education


Karly Sarita Ford is an Associate Professor in the Education Policy Studies department at Penn State. Her research focuses on the data collection's sociology of higher education and race/racism. She received a Master of Education in International Education Policy from Harvard University in 2007 and a Ph.D. in Sociology of Education from New York University in 2014. Ford is the co-editor of a reader now in its fourth edition: The Structure of Schooling: Readings in the Sociology of Education. Her work has appeared in Educational Researcher, Journal of Higher Education, Minerva, Race, Ethnicity and Education, Research in Social Stratification and Mobility, and The Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, among others. Ford's research interests are Higher Education, Sociology of Education, International Comparative Education, and the social processes of collecting and representing demographic (race, gender, class) data.

Areas of Expertise

Education Levels


Educational Studies

Comparative Ed
Educational Theory
International Ed

Social Issues

Race and Ethnicity

Higher Education

Higher Education
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