Karl Alexander, PhD
His research tries to understand why some children, and some kinds of children, are more successful in school than others and how this affects them later in life. He is particularly interested in the role schools play in society’s system of stratification, and how youngsters perform in school is an important part of the picture. His work generally adopts a social-psychological, life-course perspective. In broad terms, it explores how aspects of personal development that are relevant to school success respond to influences at home and school, and to the intersection of experiences across these two institutional contexts.