Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor, 2018
Claudia Buchmann is professor and chair in the Department of Sociology. She is internationally known for her research on gender inequalities in education, which focuses on how women have come to attain more education than men in most regions of the world today. She is coauthor of The Rise of Women: The Growing Gender Gap in Education and What It Means for American Schools (2013, Russell Sage Foundation) which was awarded the Otis Dudley Duncan Book Award, the American Sociological Association Section on Sociology of Population and the outstanding book award of the ASA Section on Inequality Poverty and Mobility.
Her early research focused on educational processes and inequality in African societies during which she received a Fulbright award to conduct fieldwork in Kenya. Since then, she has investigated race and class inequalities in access to SAT test preparation and their impact on subsequent college admission, achievement gaps between immigrant and native-born students in industrialized countries, and the global consequences of educational expansion. Her research has been published in many journals including the American Sociological Review, Social Forces, Demography and the Annual Review of Sociology.
She is an elected member of the Sociological Research Association and recipient of a Joan N. Huber Social and Behavioral Sciences Faculty Fellowship. Buchmann has served as deputy editor of the American Sociological Review, as chair of the Sociology of Education Section of the American Sociological Association and as an advisory board member of the Wissenschaft Zentrum in Berlin, Germany.
Prior to joining Ohio State in 2004, she was a professor at Duke University. Buchmann received a BA in Psychology and German from the University of Wisconsin, an MA in sociology and African studies and a PhD in sociology from Indiana University.