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George Noblit receives 2007 AESA Critics’ Choice Award

George Noblit, Joseph R. Neikirk Distinguished Professor of the Sociology of Education, received the 2007 American Educational Studies Association (AESA) Critics’ Choice Award for his book titled Late to Class: Social Class and Schooling in the New Economy.  Part of the SUNY series on Power, Social Identity and Education, the book presents theoretical, empirical and pedagogical perspectives on social class and schooling in the United States. Professor Noblit co-edited the book with Jane A. Van Galen, who received her Ph.D. in the sociology of education from the School in 1986 and is now a faculty member at the University of Washington at Bothell.

“Anyone who reads this volume will find it difficult to deny the many ways in which class can shape and be shaped by the experiences of children in schools. This is a groundbreaking book,” says Cynthia Gerstl-Pepin, coauthor of Re-framing Educational Politics for Social Justice.

Basing their analyses on the intersections of class, ethnicity, gender, geography and schooling, the two professors examine the educational experiences of poor, working class and middle class students against the backdrop of complicated class stratification in a shifting global economy. 

Noblit is chair of Culture, Curriculum and Change in the School. He earned his doctoral and master’s degrees from the University of Oregon and his baccalaureate degree from Hiram College in Hiram College, Ohio.

The AESA was established in 1968 as an international learned society for students, teachers, research scholars and administrators who share an interest in the foundations of education.  The society is comprised primarily of college and university professors who teach and conduct research in the field of education utilizing one or more of the liberal arts disciplines, including but not limited to philosophy, history, sociology and anthropology. The role of AESA is to provide a cross-disciplinary forum wherein scholars gather to exchange and debate ideas generated from the liberal arts fields.