About Me

Passionate, skilled, and ready to tackle complex problems

About Dr. Robert Ressler

I am a sociologist who is interested in the ways that community organizations can help to overcome inequality. I focus on families and schools and the successful development of all children, but especially those from contexts where some families need to make out-sized gains in order to close opportunity gaps along racial/ethnic or class lines. Inspired by the work of nonprofit organizations, and informed by theories on education, the family, and race/ethnicity, my research explores the potential for community organizations to help families form the kinds of positive relationships in their communities and schools that improve educational outcomes, the well-being of community members, and reduce inequality. I also pursue projects that delve more deeply into organizations within the nonprofit sector, including textual analysis of Form 990 data. Throughout my research design, I leverage the sociological imagination to inform practices, policies, and the public regarding the services and opportunities individuals, especially Latinx children, need for success.

I am currently on the market for opportunities that will help me to continue working with large amounts of data, pursue funding for my research, and develop my teaching skills.

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