RICHARD ARUM is program director of the SSRC's Education Research Program and professor of sociology and education at New York University. In addition to Academically Adrift and Aspiring Adults Adrift, Arum has authored, coauthored, and edited several books on K-12 and higher education, including Stratification in Higher Education: A Comparative Study (Stanford University Press, 2007) and Improving Learning Environments: School Discipline and Student Achievement in Comparative Perspective (Stanford University Press, 2012). He has a PhD in sociology from the University of California, Berkeley.


JOSIPA ROKSA is associate professor of sociology and education and associate director of the Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education at the University of Virginia. In addition to her work on Academically Adrift and Aspiring Adults Adrift, Roksa’s work on social contexts and higher education has been published in a range of peer-reviewed journals, including Social Forces, Sociology of Education, and The Review of Higher Education. She has a PhD in sociology from New York University.


AMANDA COOK is assistant director of the Education Research Program. In this role, she serves as project manager for the Measuring College Learning initiative. She also coordinates outreach and dissemination activities related to the CLA Longitudinal Study. Before joining the Council in 2013, Cook was a graduate student in sociology at the University of California, Berkeley, where she studied work, culture, and organizations and conducted research on corporate culture in transnational corporations. Cook holds a BA in sociology and French and an MA in sociology, both from Berkeley.


ELEANOR BLAIR is program assistant for the Education Research Program. Prior to joining the SSRC, Blair worked as an editorial assistant at HarperCollins Publishers in New York, and a client advocate at the Community Law Office in Birmingham, Alabama. Most recently, she worked at a progressive elementary school in Brooklyn. Blair graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in 2012 with a focus in sociology.