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Karl Alexander

Karl Alexander

Dr. Karl Alexander is a professor of sociology at Johns Hopkins University. His research looks at the influences of school and home on student success, why some children are more successful in school than others, and how this affects them later in life. He is a principal investigator with the Beginning School Study, which since 1982 has been monitoring the personal and academic development of youngsters who began first grade that year in 20 Baltimore City Public Schools.


Dr. Alexander received his B.A. degree from Temple University and his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has spent his academic career at Johns Hopkins. Learn more about the focus of Alexander’s research in an article from the Johns Hopkins Magazine, Karl Alexander’s decades-long study shows the long shadow of a poor start. Visit Alexander’s website at Johns Hopkins for a list of his publications.

Alexander has been President of the Southern Sociological Society and editor of the Journal Sociology of Education, and is a Fellow of the American Education Research Association.

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