Thurston Domina

Associate Professor, Education
School of Education

Ph.D in Sociology

Phone: (949) 824-6374

University of California, Irvine
2062 Education
Mail Code: 5500
Irvine, CA 92697

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Social Inequalities, Educational Policies
Thurston Domina's research pairs demographic and econometric empirical methods with sociological theory to better understand the relationship between education and social inequality in the contemporary U.S. Much of this work focuses on student transitions from middle and high school into higher education. During the course of this transition, students move from the largely undifferentiated instruction of elementary education to the highly stratified U.S. college and university system. Domina's primary intellectual interests are: (1) Understanding how this sorting process shapes students’ life chances, (2) identifying educational strategies that can expand opportunities for all.

Curriculum Vitae: (PDF)
Publications Thurston Domina. 2013. “Does Merit Aid Program Design Matter? A Cross-Cohort Analysis.” Review of Higher Education.
  Thurston Domina and Josipa Roksa. 2012. “Should Mom go back to school? Post-natal educational attainment and parenting practices.” Social Science Research. 41 (3): 695-708.

Thurston Domina and Joshua Saldana. 2012. “Did Raising the Bar Level the Playing Field? Mathematics Curricular Intensification and Inequality in American High Schools, 1982-2004.” American Education Research Journal – Social and Institutional Analysis.

Tran Dang, AnneMarie Conley, Greg Duncan, and Thurston Domina. 2012. “The Role of Goal Orientations for Adolescent Mathematics Achievement.” Contemporary Educational Psychology. 37, 47-54.

Thurston Domina and Erik Ruzek. 2012. “Paving the Way: K-16 Partnerships for Higher Education Diversity and High School Reform.” Educational Policy 26 (2): 243-267.

Paul Attewell and Thurston Domina. 2011. “Educational Imposters and Fake Degrees.” Research in Social Stratification and Mobility 29 (1): 57-69.

Thurston Domina, AnneMarie Conley, and George Farkas. 2011. “The Link Between Educational Expectations and Effort in the College for All Era.” Sociology of Education 84 (2): 93-112.

Thurston Domina, AnneMarie Conley, and George Farkas. 2011. “The Case for Dreaming Big.” Sociology of Education 84 (2): 118-121.
  Domina, T., Ghosh-Dastidar, B., & Tienda, M. (2010). Students left behind: Measuring 10th to 12th grade student persistence rates in Texas high schools. Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, 32(2), 324-245.
  Sigal, A., Domina, T., and Tienda, M. (2010). Stymied mobility or temporary lull: The puzzle of lagging Hispanic college degree attainment. Social Forces, 88(4), 1807-1832.
  Massey, D., Rothwell, J., & Domina, T. (2009). The changing bases of segregation in the United States. Annuals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 626(1), 74-90.
  Domina, T. (2009). What works in college outreach: Assessing targeted and schoolwide interventions for disadvantaged students. Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, 31(2), 127-152.
  Attewell, P. and Domina, T. (2008). Raising the Bar: Curricular Intensity and Academic Performance. Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, 30(1), 51-71.
  Attewell, P., Lavin, D., Domina, T., and Levey, T. (2007). Passing the torch: Does higher education for the disadvantaged pay off across the generations? New York: Russell Sage Foundation. American Sociological Association Rose Monographs Series.
  Domina, T. (2007). Higher education policy as secondary school reform: Texas public high schools after Hopwood. Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, 29(3), 200-217.
  Domina, T. (January 19, 2007 Podcast). The geography of educational segregation. Inside Higher Ed.
  Domina, T. (2006). Brain drain and brain gain: Rising educational segregation in the United States 1940-2000. City & Community, 5(4).
  Domina, T. (2006). What clean break? Nonmetropolitan migration patterns and the continuing relevance of cconomics. Rural Sociology, 71(3).
  Attewell, P., Lavin, D., Domina, T., and Levey, T. (2006). New evidence on college remediation. Journal of Higher Education, 77(5).
  Domina, T. (2005). Leveling the home advantage: Assessing the effectiveness of parental involvement. Sociology of Education, 78(3).
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Last updated 07/05/2013