Angel L. Harris

Professor of Sociology; Faculty Fellow, Center for Child and Family Policy

Angel Harris' research interests include social inequality, policy, and education. His work focuses on the social psychological determinants of the racial achievement gap. Specifically, he examines the factors that contribute to differences in academic investment among African Americans, Latino/as, Asian Americans, and Whites. He also studies the impact that adolescents' perceptions of opportunities for upward socio-economic mobility have for their academic investment, and the long-term effects of youths' occupational aspirations both within the United States and Europe.


  • Ph.D. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor - 2005

Recent Publications (More Publications)

  • Umeh, Z; Bumpus, JP; Harris, AL (2020) The impact of suspension on participation in school-based extracurricular activities and out-of-school community service.
  • Tong, G; Persons, E; Harris, AL (2020) Getting ready ahead: socioeconomic status and parenting strategies among Chinese adolescents with emigration intentions
  • Harris, AL; Robinson, K (2016) A new framework for understanding parental involvement: Setting the stage for academic success
  • Harris, AL (2014) Optimism in the Face of Despair: Black-White Differences in Beliefs about School as a Means for Upward Social Mobility
  • Harris, AL (2014) Black Americans in the 21st Century: Should we be Optimistic or Concerned?