Think. Pair. Share. with Dr. Anna Haskins
From stamp collecting and favorite numbers to examining how the education system, the family, and the criminal justice system connect and interact—both preserving and mitigating social inequality.
Dr. Anna Haskins, Associate Professor in Sociology and the Center for Research on Educational Opportunity (CREO) considers the role of schooling in society, the long-reaching consequences of parental incarceration on children, and the eternal debate between talking and texting and peeps versus circus peanuts.
“One of the things that is really compelling about Notre Dame is the students' interest—both undergraduate and graduate—and then CREO is one of the centers that really helps bring all of the people interested in education together and there's just so many of them. And that's a great place to be. To be in an environment where there's a lot of people specifically thinking about all schooling: children, curriculum, and education.”
“There's a growing body of research, trying to understand what is the role of the criminal justice system really in society, and sort of perpetuating or ameliorating inequality? A lot of this work was really being done separately. And so, I came to thinking about these things as interconnected.”
“In many ways it has been a really difficult two years because a lot of this is just happening at the same time in ways that bring out an ability to see inequality—see struggles—and be able to say, I feel that way and if I feel that way, then I can see why they—whatever the other is—can feel that way.”