Brian Fitzpatrick




Sociology of Education


Brian is a PhD candidate who will graduate in the spring of 2021. He received his B.A. in Sociology at Loyola University of New Orleans, and went on to teach math at a New Orleans area middle school. His main research interests are sociology of education and quantitative methods, with a particular interest in the process of selection into the field of primary school teaching and the effect of this selection process on student outcomes. Prior and current research projects examine optimal classroom assignment (published in Sociology of Education), virtual charter school effectiveness (published in Educational Researcher), student-teacher gender matching, school demographic change due to immigration, selection into teaching, and math anxiety among elementary teachers.



Title: "'Math People' Need Not Apply: Mathematics Skill, Math Self-Efficacy, and Gender in the Selection into Elementary Education and Its Effect on Student Learning"
Committee: Mark Berends, Sarah Mustillo, Ken Frank, and Elizabeth McClintock