University at Buffalo

Megan M. Holland

Megan M. Holland

Director, Educational Administration Master's Program

Assistant Professor


Specialty/Research Focus

Access and Equity; Achievement; Diversity; Equity and Poverty; Gender, Culture, and Equity; Ethnography; Higher Education; Educational Policy; Race, Inequality, and Education; Urban Education; Organizational Change; Qualitative Research Methods; Sociology of Education

Contact Information
477 Baldy Hall
North Campus
Phone: (716) 645-1095

Education and Training:
  • PhD, Harvard University (2013)
  • MA, Harvard University (2010)
  • BA, University of Pennsylvania (2003)
Awards and Honors:
  • William T. Grant Scholars Award Finalist; William T. Grant Foundation; 2019-02-08;
  • Faculty in Residence Program for Fall 2018; University at Buffalo Graduate School of Education; 2018-04-25;
  • Book Manuscript Workshop; Baldy Center for Law and Social Policy; 2017-10-02;
  • NAEd/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship; National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation; 2015-05-07;
  • “Learning the Lay of the Land: Transition Experiences at High and Low Selectivity Colleges Among Disadvantaged Students”; Foundation and Research Organization; American Sociological Association; Awarded; (01/01/2020-12/31/2020)
  • Caring Too Much or Just Enough? Gendered Experiences of School Counselors; Foundation and Research Organization; UB Gender Institute; Awarded; (01/01/2018-06/30/2018)
  • Holland, M. M. 2019. Divergent Paths to College: Race, Class and Inequality in High Schools. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press.
Journal Article:
  • Holland, M. M. (2020). Black students’ college preferences: The role of the white racial frame in perpetuating integration. Sociological Perspectives. DOI: 10.1177/0731121419895023.
  • Holland, M. M. (2020). Framing the search: How first-generation students evaluate colleges. The Journal of Higher Education 91(3), 278-401.
  • Holland, M. M., & Ford K. S. (2020). Legitimating prestige through diversity: How higher education institutions represent ethno-racial diversity across levels of selectivity. The Journal of Higher Education. DOI: 10.1080/00221546.2020.1740532
  • Holland, M. M., & DeLuca, S. (2016). "Why wait years to become something?" Low-income African American youth and the costly career search in for-profit trade schools. Sociology of Education, 89(4), 261-278.
  • Holland, M. M. (2015). “Trusting each other: Student counselor relationships at diverse high schools” Sociology of Education, 88(3), 244-262.
  • Holland, M. M. (2015). “College for all and community college for none: Stigma in high achieving high schools.” Teacher's College Record 17(5), 1-52.
  • Holland, M. M. (2014). Navigating the road to college: Race and class variation in the college application process. Sociology Compass, 8(10), 1191-1205.
  • Holland, M. M. (2012). Only here for the day: The social integration of minority students at a majority white high school. Sociology of Education, 85(2), 101-120.
Book Review:
  • Holland, M. M. (2016). [Review of the book The rise of women: The growing gender gap in higher education and what it means for American schools by T.A. DiPrete and C. Buchmann]. NASPA Journal About Women in Higher Education 9(2): 230-232.
  • Holland, M.M. [Review of the book Selling Hope and College: Merit, Markets and Recruitment in an Unranked School by Alex Posecznick]. Contemporary Sociology
Invited Lectures:
  • Holland, Megan M. 2019. “Becoming a School Counselor: Professional Identity in a Women-Dominated Profession.” Presented at The Gender Institute, University at Buffalo, February, Buffalo, NY.;
  • Holland, M.M. (2018). A taste for selectivity or necessity? How social class shapes college application decisions. American Sociological Association Annual Meeting. Philadelphia, PA.;
  • Holland, Megan M., and Karly Ford 2019. “Legitimating Prestige through Diversity: How Higher Education Institutions Represent Ethno-Racial Diversity Across Levels of Selectivity.” Presented at the Sociology of Education Association Conference, February, Monterrey, CA.;
  • Holland, M.M. (2018, April). Diverse, but not: High school context and college choice. Paper presented at the American Education Research Association, New York, NY.;
  • Holland, M.M. (2018, April). The blind leading the blind: Tracking, friendship segregation and college information. Paper presented at the American Education Research Association, New York, NY.;
  • Holland, M.M. (2018, February). Implicit frames: Evaluation processes during the college search. Paper presented at the Sociology of Education Association Annual Conference, Monterey, CA.;
  • Holland, M. M. (2016, November). Opportunities or opportunistic? Higher education marketing. Organized Paper Session at the Annual Meeting of the Social Science History Association, Chicago, IL.;
  • Holland, M. M. (2016, April). Two Paths Diverged: How inequality shapes college pathways at diverse high schools. Invited poster presentation at the American Education Research Association Annual Meeting, Washington, DC.;
  • Holland, M. M. (2016, March). Like no place else: How diverse high schools influence college choice. Paper presented at the Eastern Sociological Society Annual Meeting, Boston, MA.;
  • Holland, M. M.(2016, February). A taste for selectivity: How class shapes the college search process. Paper presented at the Sociology of Education Association Conference, Monterey, CA.;
  • Holland, M. M., & DeLuca, S. (2014, August). Vocational education in the college-for-all era: Low income African American youth searching for careers. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association, San Francisco, CA.;
Professional Service:
  • Sociology of Education Association Board Member
  • AERA Sociology of Education SIG Secretary/Treasurer
  • AERA Division J Section 2 Program Committee co-chair

    Contact Information

    477 Baldy Hall
    North Campus
    Phone: (716) 645-1095