Social & Education Policy

Sarah Bruch

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


Sarah Bruch's research focuses on the processes and policies that ameliorate or exacerbate social inequalities. 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.

Bruch's 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

  • PhD, Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2012
  • MPA, Evans School of Public Affairs, University of Washington, 2005