Dr. Sandra Way


Sociology of Education, Stratification, Race/Ethnicity and Gender, Juvenile Delinquency and Sociology of the Family

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Office: Science Hall 289
E-mail: sway@nmsu.edu

Curriculum Vitae


Ph.D. – Sociology, University of Arizona (2003)
M.A. – Sociology, University of Arizona (1997)
B.A. – Sociology and Psychology, DePauw University (1993)


Dr. Way’s specialization is in sociology of education and stratification, particularly race/ethnicity and gender. Her research and teaching experience also include the areas of quantitative analysis, juvenile delinquency and sociology of the family. Before arriving at NMSU, she took a one year post-doctoral fellowship in Educational Policy Research at the RAND Corporation in Santa Monica, CA. During the 2012-2013 academic year, Dr. Way is on sabbatical as a visiting scholar at the University of Arizona.

Current Research:

Dr. Way’s scholarship focuses primarily on the effects of school organization and climate on student outcomes. Her most recent publication uses national survey data and hierarchical linear modeling to examine the relationship between high school discipline and individual student academic achievement and behavior. The findings suggest that while proponents of zero tolerance argue for strict discipline, such policies may actually be harmful for “at-risk” students.

She is currently analyzing data she collected from first year NMSU undergraduate students in order to examine the role that factors such as university environment and sense of belonging play in post secondary retention. Dr. Way is also involved in a diverse set of research projects including topics such as perception of fairness among Mexican maquiladora workers and the gendered nature of international migration.