Social & Education Policy

Sarah Bruch

  • Affiliate, Social and Education Policy Research Program
  • Associate Professor, University of Delaware


Sarah Bruch received a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and a Master of Public Administration from the Evans School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington.

While at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, she was the recipient of a Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences Pre-doctoral Interdisciplinary Research and Training Fellowship, and a Fellow in the Graduate Research Fellows program at the Institute for Research on Poverty.

Her research focuses on the processes and policies that ameliorate or exacerbate social inequalities. In this vein, she studies the political and civic consequences of social policy designs; the distributional and social consequences of US safety net policies; the role of racial marginality in state policy choices; authority relations and racial dynamics within schools; and how multiple dimensions of race can be used to identify different mechanisms of racial disparities in education and punishment.

Her work has been published in leading academic journals including American Sociological Review, Journal of Marriage and Family, and Child Development.

Her personal webpage is available at

Research Interests

  • Social stratification
  • Race and ethnicity
  • Social policy and politics
  • Sociology of education
  • Education policy
  • Quantitative methods
  • Political sociology

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, Department of Sociology, 2012
  • M.P.A., Evans School of Public Affairs, University of Washington, 2005
  • B.A., University of Washington, 2002