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We are so pleased that two TAM graduates currently pursuing PhDs will speak in our Friday Lecture Series on November 11th.

Their talk title is “Education and Inequality in the US and Germany.”

Please attend in-person at noon on 11/11 in GEC 4003.

Tess Snodgrass was born and raised in Wisconsin. She attended American University where she majored in Language and Area Studies: French/Europe, and minored in International Studies. As an undergraduate, Tess too part in a University Honors Study/Travel trip to Peru and studied abroad at Sciences-Po, Lille. Prior to enrolling in TAM, Tess worked as an English Teaching Assistant in a high school just outside of Paris. She then joined the first cohort of TAM’s German-Turkish track. As a TAM student she studied at Middle East Technical University (METU) in Turkey and at Humboldt University in Berlin. Tess interned at the Brookings Institution in the summer between her TAM years. While in Germany Tess interned at the Atlantic Community. After TAM, Tess taught at two NC community colleges and is now pursuing her PhD at UMass Amherst.

Nora Weber is a Ph.D. Candidate in Sociology at Indiana University in Bloomington. Her research focuses on education, inequality, and politics. Her recent publication, with Dr. Clem Brooks, addresses issues of selection in the debate surrounding education and liberalism. You can read the full text of the article, “Liberalization, education, and rights and tolerance attitudes,” out now in Social Science Research. Nora specializes in multi-methods approaches, including both quantitative and qualitative methods. She has been the Associate Instructor for a graduate-level statistics lab and graduate-level survey methods course, and is Assistant Director of the IU Sociology Lab, which specializes in lab and field experimental work. Other methodological training involves in-depth interviews and content analysis. Current solo and collaborative research projects explore: Attribution theory in the case of U.S. adult learners; higher education and test-optional policies during COVID-19; and labor market outcomes for individuals with secondary educational credentials. Before beginning her doctoral work, she completed TAM at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, including coursework and research at the University of Bremen in Bremen, Germany. Her thesis looked at patterns of educational differentiation across welfare state typologies and varieties of capitalism.

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