Anthony (Tony) Jack is a PhD. Candidate in Sociology and an Associate Doctoral Fellow in the Multidisciplinary Program in Inequality & Social Policy at Harvard University where he is a cultural sociologist interested in education and inequality. His work examines the experiences of undergraduates at elite colleges and universities amidst expanding race- and class-based affirmative actions measures. Using in-depth interviews and ethnographic observation of college life, he examines what influences undergraduates’ sense of belonging, their acquisition of cultural and social capital, boundary and stigmatization processes that influence intergroup relations, and how institutional policies affect these processes. His research documents the overlooked divergent experiences of lower-income undergraduates: the Doubly Disadvantaged—those who enter college from segregated, typically distressed public schools—and Privileged Poor—those who do so from boarding, day, and preparatory high schools. In so doing, he examines how class and culture, sometimes independently, influence the reproduction of inequality in higher education. His work appears in the Du Bois Review and Sociological Forum. Additionally, the New York Times, Boston Globe, and American RadioWorks have featured his research on lower-income college students as well as biographical profiles of his experiences of being a first-generation college student.
Tony received his B.A in Women's and Gender Studies and Religion (cum laude) from Amherst College in 2007. He holds fellowships from the Ford Foundation and the National Science Foundation, and is a graduate student affiliate at the Center for American Political Studies at Harvard University. He is also a 2015 National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation Dissertation Fellow. In addition to his academic work, Tony serves as a Resident Tutor in Mather House.