Dr. Ronald Hallett, Associate Professor
2009 PhD, Urban Education Reform
University of Southern California
2003 MA, Teaching Students with Special Needs
The George Washington University
1999 BA, Communication Studies
University of Nebraska
My research interests include the influence of social context on educational participation and achievement. As a sociologist, my research seeks to address the social inequalities that influence marginalized student populations. I am interested in action based research that can be used by practitioners, policymakers and researchers.
Broadly speaking, I consider the educational process a continuum from preschool through graduate school. My current research interests fall into three areas: (1) how mobility influences educational participation for homeless and foster youth; (2) the process of transitioning to higher education for underserved student groups; and, (3) how to teach writing in graduate school.
Additionally, I work with educational leaders and administrators to reconsider how the students' family, friends, neighborhood and broader social context influence their ability to navigate the educational process.
Prior to joining the faculty at Pacific, I conducted research at the Center for Higher Education Policy Analysis at the University of Southern California. My work has been published in several research and practitioner journals, including College and University, Metropolitan Universities, and Critical Studies Cultural Methodologies.
Science Daily's featured research article was presented by Dr. Hallett at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) meeting.
Listen to a recent coversation with Dr. Hallett and others on NPR regarding a new report by the Brookings Institution that looks at how a depressed housing market impacts school-age children.
Dr. Hallet participated in a panel discussion on November 30, 2012 regarding improving the lives of homeless children. Listen to the presentation here.