This page provides academic resources that can help you learn more about some of the important socioeconomic and class issues that impact higher education policy, faculty, staff, and students. Inclusion on this list does not represent endorsement of the information, site, or organization by NASPA and any of its entities. This list is not comprehensive.


    ·         Adams, R., Brewer, R., Leondar-Wright, B., Lui, M., & Robles, B. with United for a Fair Economy. (2005). The color of wealth: How government actions widen the racial wealth divide. The New Press.

    ·         Davis, J. (2010). The first generation student experience: Implications for campus practice, and strategies for improving. Stylus.

    ·         Espenshade, T. J., & Walton Radford, A. (2009). No longer separate, not yet equal: Race and class in elite college admission and campus life. Princeton University Press.

    ·         Heinz Housel, T., & Harvey, V. L. (2010). The invisibility factor: Administrators and faculty reach out to first-generation college students. Brown Walker Press.

    ·         hooks, b. (2000). Where we stand: Class matters. Routledge.

    ·         Hurst, A. (2010). The burden of academic success: Managing working-class identities in college (loyalists, renegades and double agents). Lexington Books. 

    ·         Jehangir, R. R. (2010). Higher education and first-generation students: Cultivating community, voice and place for the new majority. Palgrave Macmillan Press.

    ·         Jensen, B. (2012). Reading classes: On culture and classism in America. Cornell University Press.

    ·         Korgen, K. O. (2010). Multiracial Americans and social class: The influence of social class on racial identity. Routledge.

    ·         Lareau, A. (2011). Unequal childhoods: Class, race, and family life, 2nd edition with an update a decade later.  University of California Press.

    ·         Sacks, P. (2007). Tearing down the gates: Confronting the class divide in American education. University of California Press.

    ·         The New York Times. (2005). Class matters / correspondents of the New York Times. Times Books.

    ·         Van Galen, J. A., & Dempsey, V. O. (2009). Trajectories: The social and educational mobility of education scholars from poor and working class backgrounds. Sense Publishers.

    ·         Ward, L., Siegel, M. J., & Davenport, Z. (2012). First-generation college students: Understanding and improving the experience from recruitment to commencement. Jossey-Bass.

    ·         Weis, L. & Dolby, N. (2012). Social class and education: Global perspectives. Routledge.


    Interested in learning more about social class issues? We encourage you to explore the following:

    ·         Education & Class, a blog by Dr. Jane Van Galen who frequently highlights class-related media, including the Harvard article above. She is also behind the digital storytelling project, First in Our Families.

    ·         Classism Exposed, a blog by Class Action, a non-profit organization doing amazing work, including hosting first-generation summits and exceptional classism workshops for student affairs professionals. We highly recommend their work, which (unlike some other class-based organizations) pays great attention to race, gender, and other intersections with class.


We hope you find these resources valuable. Please email Victoria Svoboda, Research Coordinator, at [email protected] if you would like to suggest additions to this list.