Dr. Karly Ford

Dr. Karly Ford
Phone: 8148659756
Office Address:
405E Rackley Building
University Park, PA 16802
Campus: University Park


Assistant Professor of Education (Higher Education)


Education Policy Studies


Center for the Study of Higher Education (CSHE)


Higher Education
Comparative and International Education

Other Penn State Affiliations



Karly Sarita Ford is an Assistant Professor in the Education Policy Studies department at The Pennsylvania State University. Her research focuses on the relationship between education and social stratification. She received a Masters 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 third edition: The Structure of Schooling: Readings in the Sociology of Education. Her work has appeared in the Teachers College Record Online, Research in Social Stratification and Mobility and The Journal of Diversity in Higher Education. Ford's research interests are Higher Education, Sociology of Education, International Comparative Education, Institutional Variation, and Educational Assessment.

Areas of Expertise

Age Levels

Older Adult/Aging

Education Levels

Adult Education

Education Types

Distance Ed

Educational Studies

Comparative Ed
Educational Theory
International Ed

Higher Education

Higher Education

Individual Difference

Learning Processes

Leadership Preparation

Higher Education Leadership


Education Access
Equity and Diversity
Learning Assessment

Methodological Research

Institutional Research
Quantitative Research

Social Issues

Civic Engagement
Comparative and International Education
Education Policy
Race and Ethnicity
Social Issues

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Representative Publications

Ford, Karly. (2018). Persisting gaps: Labor market outcomes and numeracy skill levels of first-generation and multi-generation college graduates in the United States. Research in Social Stratification and Mobility. 56, p21-27

Ford, Karly & Ashley Patterson. (2018) “Cosmetic Diversity”: University Websites Transforming Race Categories to Serve Diversity Goals.  Journal of Diversity in Higher Education

Ford, Karly & Jason Thompson. (2016)  Inherited Prestige: Intergenerational Access to Selective Universities in the United States. Research in Social Stratification and Mobility. 46, p86-98