Rachel Gordon

Professor of sociology

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Rachel Gordon (Photo: Jenny Fontaine)

Rachel Gordon is a sociologist at the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Institute of Government and Public Affairs, and the Institute for Health Research and Policy at UIC. Her research broadly aims to measure and model the contexts of children’s and families’ lives, often using longitudinal data sets. She has examined numerous contextual and social factors that affect children and families, including the use of child care and preschool quality measures for high-stakes policy purposes, the health outcomes of child care and maternal employment, the implications of teenagers’ looks for their social and academic achievement, and the association between community context and child well-being.

Additionally, she is an expert on the relationships between youth gang participation and delinquency, the causes and consequences of grandmother co-residential support for young mothers, and the evaluation of an innovative job program for young couples.

Gordon earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Pennsylvania State University and a master’s and doctoral degree in public policy from the University of Chicago.

Areas of expertise:

  • Childcare policy
  • Classroom quality
  • Early childhood education policy
  • Lookism and beauty-bias
  • Peer crowds and school environments
  • Social-emotional learning

Languages:

  • English
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