Social & Education Policy

Rachel Maller

  • Graduate Research Assistant


Rachel is a graduate student in the Department of Sociology and a graduate research assistant working with Dr. Sarah Bruch on the Equity Implemented Partnership. The partnership aims to reduce inequities in student experiences and outcomes by assessing and improving school climate. Rachel began working on the research-practice partnership in January 2017 as an undergraduate and has continued her work into graduate school. She also has experience working as an intern in the Department of Equity in the school district as well as working as a supervisor and telephone research interviewer at the Iowa Social Science Research Center. She also assisted on research analyzing and reporting the campus climate for diversity, equity, and inclusion at the University of Iowa. Her own research focuses similarly on educational inequality, particularly how inequality impacts social relations within schools. Her goal is for a research career examining the relationship between inequality and educational experiences and outcomes and leveraging this research to improve educational policies and practices.

Research Interests

  • Social stratification
  • Education
  • Social and education policy

Educational Background

  • BA, Sociology, University of Iowa, 2017