Where do Latinas and Latinos earn social science doctorates?





Hispanic Serving Institutions, Community Colleges, Graduate Education, Latinx, Hispanic


It is a national imperative to increase the percentage of Latinas and Latinos who earn doctorate degrees in the social sciences and who enter into faculty positions. For the purposes of this study, I focus on whether Latinas and Latinos earned their doctorates at the nation’s most research-intensive universities because those schools are uniquely equipped to prepare doctoral students for careers in academia. I find that more than 40% of Latinas and Latinos who earned social science doctorates did so at universities with lower research profiles. I also test whether there are relationships between Latinas’ and Latino’s undergraduate institutions (e.g., community colleges and Hispanic Serving Institutions) and doctoral universities (classified by research-intensity). I did not find a relationship between attending community college and the type of university where a Latina or Latino social scientist earned the PhD. However, I found that Latinas and Latinos who earned baccalaureate degrees from Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs) had higher relative risk of earning doctorates from less research-intensive universities. This institutional pathway may be beneficial for increasing the number of Latinas and Latinos who earn social science doctorate degrees; however, it may be problematic for preparing future faculty members. I discuss implications for supporting the Latina-Latino pathway to the PhD.



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Author Biography

Frank Fernandez, The University of Mississippi

Frank Fernandez is Assistant Professor of Higher Education at The University of Mississippi.  He studies educational policy and equity issues.




How to Cite

Fernandez, F. (2020). Where do Latinas and Latinos earn social science doctorates?. Education Policy Analysis Archives, 28, 97. https://doi.org/10.14507/epaa.28.4889