Dr. Anthony Abraham Jack’s “The Privileged Poor”

On Thursday, February 24th, 2022, BU Wheelock was pleased to welcome Dr. Anthony Abraham Jack, author of The Privileged Poor: How Elite Colleges Are Failing Disadvantaged Students, to campus!

As of July 5th, 2022, the recording of this event has been removed.

Anthony Abraham Jack (PhD, Harvard University, 2016) is a Junior Fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows and an Assistant Professor of Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He holds the Shutzer Assistant Professorship at the Harvard Radcliffe Institute.

His research documents the overlooked diversity among lower-income undergraduates: the Doubly Disadvantaged­—those who enter college from local, typically distressed public high schools—and Privileged Poor­—those who do so from boarding, day, and preparatory high schools. His scholarship appears in the Common Reader, Du Bois Review, Sociological Forum, and Sociology of Education and has earned awards from the American Sociological Association, American Educational Studies Association, Association for the Study of Higher Education, Eastern Sociological Society, and the Society for the Study of Social Problems. Tony held fellowships from the Ford Foundation and the National Science Foundation and was a 2015 National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation Dissertation Fellow. In 2016, The National Center for Institutional Diversity at the University of Michigan named him an Emerging Diversity Scholar. In May 2020, Muhlenberg College awarded him an honorary doctorate for his work in transforming higher education.

The New York Times, the Boston Globe, the Atlantic, the New Yorker, the Chronicle of Higher Education, the Huffington Post, the Nation, American Conservative Magazine, the National ReviewCommentary Magazine, the Washington Post, Financial Times, Times Higher Education, Vice, Vox, and NPR have featured his research and writing as well as biographical profiles of his experiences as a first-generation college student. The Privileged Poor: How Elite Colleges Are Failing Disadvantaged Students is his first book. It is available in English and Chinese.

Photo & Biography from author’s website: https://anthonyabrahamjack.com/