Postdoctoral Research and Teaching Associate, 2013-2014

Sondra Barringer is currently an Assistant Professor of Higher Education in the Department of Education Policy and Leadership at Southern Methodist University.

Barringer joined the Institute in fall 2013 as a postdoctoral research associate, coming from the School of Sociology at the University of Arizona, where she received her doctorate in 2013 and a Master of Arts (also in sociology) in 2008. Barringer’s primary role at IHE was as project manager on a National Science Foundation grant titled “The Executive Science Network: University Trustees and the Organization of University-Industry Exchanges.” She worked with co-PIs Sheila Slaughter and Barrett J. Taylor (PhD 2012) to map the extent and nature of connections between AAU universities and corporations from 1975 to 2010. The project also evaluated the consequences of these connections on university research, policies, prestige, and other behaviors. She lectured in higher education non-profits as part of a critical issues in higher education series for IHE graduate students.



Ph.D., Sociology, University of Arizona 
M.A., Sociology, University of Arizona 
B.A., Sociology and Economics, Baylor University

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Friday, June 12, 2020 - 9:14am

A team of scholars with ties to the Institute "explore[s] trustees’ involvement in a qualitative comparative case study of four elite US research universities."