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Marshall Jean


Area(s) of Interest

Education, Urban Sociology, Sociology of Organizations, Quantitative Methodology, Causal Inference


Marshall Jean joined Northwestern as a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for Policy Research in 2016, and now teaches for the sociology department. He holds a PhD in Sociology and Certificate of Education Sciences from the University of Chicago. A native of Louisiana, he has taught in a public high school in France as well as undergraduate and graduate courses in sociology, education policy, and statistics. He specializes in large-scale quantitative analysis, including causal inference from non-experimental and quasi-experimental settings. His recent research includes the study of how urban student mobility affects learning growth rates, the effects of homogenous ability grouping and tracking on academic engagement and learning behaviors, and how undergraduate research prizes shape the careers of underrepresented minority schools in the biomedical sciences.

Research accessible online:

Jean, Marshall. 2016. “Review of 2016 Brown Center Report on American Education – Part II: Tracking and Advanced Placement.” National Education Policy Center

Raudenbush, Steven and Marshall Jean. 2012. “How Should Educators Interpret Value-Added Scores?” Carnegie Knowledge Network.

Courses taught

SOCIOL 325 – Global and Local Inequalities
SOCIOL 215 – Economy and Society
STAT 210 – Introduction to Statistics
SESP 351 – Education and the Inheritance of Social Inequality
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