Sandra Hanson


  • Institute for Policy Research and Catholic Studies
  • Sociology
  • School

  • School of Arts and Sciences
  • Expertise

  • Family
  • Quantitative Methodology
  • Sex and Gender
  • Biography

    Sandra Hanson’s research examines the gender structure of educational and occupational systems in a comparative context. Her recent book The American Dream in the 21st Century (Temple University Press, 2011), edited with John White from the CUA politics department, examines the American dream within cultural, historical, political, sociological, and religious perspectives. In Swimming Against the Tide: African American Girls in Science Education (Temple University Press, 2009), she examined the experiences of African American girls in the science education system. Hanson's book Lost Talent: Women in the Sciences (Temple University Press, 1996) was a culmination of her research on the loss of talented young women in the science pipeline.

    Professor Hanson’s research has been published in numerous journals including Sociology of Education, Public Opinion Quarterly, Demography, Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering, and Journal of Marriage and Family Studies. In 1997, Hanson received a Fulbright award for teaching and research at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow Poland. Her second Fulbright award involved an exchange with Leipzig University in 2012.


    • The American Dream in the 21st Century

      The American Dream in the 21st Century

      Hanson, Sandra L., and John Kenneth White, editors. The American Dream in the 21st Century. Philadelphia, Temple University Press, 2011.

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    • Swimming Against the Tide

      Swimming Against the Tide

      Hanson, Sandra L. Swimming Against the Tide: African American Girls and Science Education. Philadelphia, Temple University Press, 2009.

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    Latest Publications

    Hanson, Sandra L. and John Zogby. “The Polls-Trends: Attitudes About the American Dream”. Public Opinion Quarterly. Advance Access online (doc10.1093/poq/nfq010) (2010).

    Hanson, Sandra L. and Fang Fang. “Race, Sex and Job Satisfaction in Science Occupations: A focus on Asian Americans.” Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering 15 (4): 357-377 (2009).

    Hanson, Sandra L. and Yu Meng. “Science Gains and Degrees Among Asian-American Students: Influence of Race and Sex” in Annuals of Research for Engineering Education. Spring/Summer 2009 (

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