Blake Silver

Blake Silver

Blake Silver

Assistant Professor

Sociology: Higher education, social stratification, culture, race/ethnicity, class, gender, research methods

Blake R. Silver is Assistant Professor of Sociology in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology and Director of Data Analytics and Assessment in the Honors College. He received a PhD in sociology from the University of Virginia, where he was a Jefferson Fellow.

Dr. Silver’s research focuses on culture, social stratification, and higher education. His work addresses questions about the role of colleges and universities in contesting and reproducing inequality. Some of his recent projects examine the capacity of higher education to produce cultural change, the impact of physical campus environments on racial disparities in student experiences, and the role of parents and siblings in helping students navigate educational transitions. His research has been supported by the Jefferson Scholars Foundation and the NASPA Foundation.

Dr. Silver's book, The Cost of Inclusion: How Student Conformity Leads to Inequality on College Campuses (University of Chicago Press), will be published in spring 2020. The book explores the ways racial and gender inequality are reproduced as students use culture to pursue social inclusion in the college setting. 

Selected Publications

Silver, Blake R. Forthcoming. “Social Class and Habitus at the End of College: Cultural Similarity and Difference among Graduating Seniors.” Sociological Focus.

Roksa, Josipa, and Blake R. Silver. 2019. “‘Do-It-Yourself’ University: Institutional and Family Support in the Transition Out of College.” Review of Higher Education, 42(3): 1051-1071.

Arum, Richard, Josipa Roksa, Jacqueline Cruz, and Blake R. Silver. 2018. "Student Experiences in College." In Barbara Schneider (Ed.), Handbook of the Sociology of Education in the 21st Century, pp. 385-403. Springer.

Silver, Blake R. and Josipa Roksa. 2017. "Navigating Uncertainty and Responsibility: Understanding Inequality in the Senior-Year Transition." Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice, 54(3), 248-260.

Silver, Blake R. and Rick C. Jakeman. 2016. "College Students’ Willingness to Engage in Bystander Intervention at Off-Campus Parties." Journal of College Student Development, 57(4), 472-476.

Jakeman, Rick C., Blake R. Silver, and Tracae M. McClure. 2015. "A Closer Look at Party Hosting Behaviors Within Off-Campus College Settings." Journal of Alcohol and Drug Education, 59(3), 7-24.

Silver, Blake R. and Rick C. Jakeman. 2014. "Understanding Intent to Leave the Field: A Study of Student Affairs Master’s Students’ Career Plans." Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice, 51(2), 170-182.

Jakeman, Rick C., Blake R. Silver, and William Molasso. 2014. "Student Experiences at Off-Campus Parties: Results from a Multicampus Survey." Journal of Alcohol and Drug Education, 58(2), 64-85.

Grants and Fellowships

The NASPA Foundation, Channing Briggs Small Research Grant. “Navigating the Senior Year Transition: A Qualitative Study of the Experiences of First-Generation American Students.” PI: Blake Silver (10/2015-10/2016).

NASPA Region III, Research Grant. "Gender, First-Generation American Students, and the Senior-Year Transition." PI: Blake Silver (08/2018-12/2019).

Courses Taught

Culture and Social Inequality

Research Methods

Social Inequality and the Self

Society and the Transition to Adulthood

Education

PhD, Sociology, University of Virginia (2017)

MA, Sociology, University of Virginia (2016)

MAEd, Higher Education Administration, George Washington University (2013)

BA, English, George Mason University (2011)