Publications

2018

COLLEGE MATCH AND UNDERMATCH: EXAMINING VARIATION IN AND CONSEQUENCES OF COLLEGE CHOICE

Research in Higher Education 59(5):553-590, with Sarah Ovink, Demetra Kalogrides, and Patrick Delaney

Recently, multiple studies have focused on the phenomenon of “undermatching”—when students attend a college for which they are overqualified, as measured by test scores and grades. The extant literature suggests that students who undermatch fail to maximize their potential. However, gaps remain in our knowledge about how student preferences—such as a desire to attend college close to home—influence differential rates of undermatching. Moreover, previous research has not directly tested whether and to what extent students who undermatch experience more negative post-college outcomes than otherwise similar students who attend “match” colleges. Using ELS:2002, we find that student preferences for low-cost, nearby colleges, particularly among low-income students, are associated with higher rates of undermatching even among students who are qualified to attend a “very selective” institution. However, this relationship is weakened when students live within 50 miles of a match college, demonstrating that proximity matters. Our results show that attending a selective postsecondary institution does influence post-college employment and earnings, with less positive results for students who undermatch as compared with peers who do not. Our findings demonstrate the importance of non-academic factors in shaping college decisions and post-college outcomes, particularly for low-income students.

Editorials

2016
2015
2015

SEEING THE SOCIOLOGY OF RACE AND ETHNICITY THROUGH KEYWORDS AND REFERENCES

Sociology of Race and Ethnicity 2(1):1-9, with David Brunsma and Slade Lellock

ON MOVING FORWARD

Sociology of Race and Ethnicity 1(2): 1-5, with David Brunsma and David Embrick

TOWARD A SOCIOLOGY OF RACE AND ETHNICITY

Sociology of Race and Ethnicity 1(1): 1-9, with David Brunsma and David Embrick

Reviews and Encyclopedia Entries

Forthcoming
2019
2019
2017
2015

GENDER PANICS

The SAGE Encyclopedia of Trans Studies

IN THE NATIONAL SPOTLIGHT: REVIEW OF GROWING UP COY

Journal of LGBT Youth 15(2):135-137

REVIEW OF HUMANITARIAN VIOLENCE: THE US DEPLOYMENT OF DIVERSITY 

Ethnic and Racial Studies 38(13):2408-2410, with David Brunsma

CONTACT ME

Megan Nanney

PHD IN SOCIOLOGY

nanney.megan at gmail.com

@mpnanney

megannanney.com

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