Poverty, Education, College, Quantitative, Mixed Methods


Sara Goldrick-Rab is Professor of Sociology & Medicine at Temple University, and Founding Director of the Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice in Philadelphia. She is also the Chief Strategy Officer for Emergency Aid at Edquity, a student financial success and emergency aid company, and founded Believe in Students, a nonprofit distributing emergency aid.

Sara is best known for her innovative research on food and housing insecurity in higher education, having led the five largest national studies on the subject, and for her work on making public higher education free. She is the recipient of the William T. Grant Foundation’s Faculty Scholars Award, the American Educational Research Association’s Early Career Award, and the Carnegie Fellowship. In 2016 POLITICO magazine named her one of the top 50 people shaping American politics and she is ranked 7th in the nation among education scholars according to Education Week. Her latest book, Paying the Price: College Costs, Financial Aid, and the Betrayal of the American Dream, won the 2018 Grawemeyer Award, and was featured on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah. The Chronicle of Higher Education calls Sara “a defender of impoverished students and a scholar of their struggles,” an accurate description of her life’s work.

Curriculum Vitae

Financial Disclosure: As Chief Strategy Officer for Emergency Aid at Edquity, a private company, Sara is a paid consultant and holds stock. The terms of this arrangement have been reviewed and approved by Temple University.

Selected Publications

  • Paying the Price: College Costs, Financial Aid, and the Betrayal of the American Dream. University of Chicago Press, Chicago, IL. 2016
  • Reinventing Financial Aid: Charting a New Course to College Affordability. Harvard Education Press, Cambridge, MA. 2014
  • Putting Poor People to Work: How the Work-First Idea Eroded College Access for the Poor. New York: Russell Sage Foundation. 2006
  • Goldrick-Rab, S. & Steinbaum, M. (2020). “What is the Problem with Student Debt?” Point/Counterpoint column. Journal of Policy Analysis and Management.   
  • Anderson, D., Broton, K., Goldrick-Rab, S. & Kelchen, R. (2020). “Experimental Evidence on the Impacts of Need-Based Financial Aid: Longitudinal Assessment of the Wisconsin Scholars Grant.” Journal of Policy Analysis and Management.
  • Broton, K.M., Miller, G., & Goldrick-Rab, S. (2020). "College on the Margins: Higher Education Professionals’ Perspectives on Campus Basic Needs Insecurity." Teachers College Record. Volume 122 Number 3.
  • Freudenberg, N., Goldrick-Rab, S. & Poppendieck, J. (2019). “College students and SNAP: The new face of food insecurity in the United States.” American Journal of Public Health. Dec;109(12):1652-1658
  • Goldrick-Rab, S. (2018). “Addressing Community College Completion Rates by Securing Students’ Basic Needs.” New Directions for Community Colleges. Issue 184, Winter, 7-16.
  • Anderson, D.M. & Goldrick-Rab, S. (2018). “Aid after enrollment: Impacts of a statewide grant program at public two-year colleges.” Economics of Education Review. Volume 67, December 2018, Pages 148-157.
  • Broton, K. & Goldrick-Rab, S. (2018). “Going Without: An Exploration of Food and Housing Insecurity among Undergraduates.” Educational Researcher.
  • Broton, K., Goldrick-Rab, S. & Benson, J. (2016) “Working for College: The Causal Impacts of Financial Grants on Undergraduate Employment.” Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis. (Article received Palmer O. Johnson award from AERA in 2017).
  • Goldrick-Rab, S., Kelchen, R., Harris, D., & Benson, J. (2016). “Reducing Income Inequality in Higher Education: Experimental Evidence on the Impact of Financial Aid on College Completion.” American Journal of Sociology. 121, no. 6: 1762-1817.
  • Goldrick-Rab, S.  (2010). “Challenges and Opportunities for Improving Community College Student Outcomes.” Review of Educational Research. 80(3): 437-469.
  • Goldrick-Rab, S. & Pfeffer, F. (2009). “Beyond Access: Explaining Socioeconomic Differences in College Transfer.” Sociology of Education.
  • Goldrick-Rab, S.  (2006). “Following Their Every Move:  How Social Class Shapes Postsecondary Pathways.” Sociology of Education. January, v79n1. pp. 61-79.

Courses Taught

  • Sociology of Education