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:
  • Faculty in Residence Program for Fall 2018; In an effort to expand and enhance existing collaborations the University at Buffalo maintains in Western New York and throughout the state, the Graduate School of Education (GSE) is adding to its initiatives a Faculty in Residence (FIR) program to provide additional opportunities for University at Buffalo Graduate School of Education Faculty and local community-based educational institutions (CBEI) to engage in site-based, mutually beneficial, research-based projects. FIR projects can be wide ranging but must be designed in concert with the CBEI in which the residency will take place. Research projects must demonstrate clear benefits to both the faculty member (FM) and the CBEI and may include a wide-range of researchable topics.; University at Buffalo Graduate School of Education; 2018-04-25;
  • Book Manuscript Workshop; The Baldy Center supports book manuscript workshops as part of its mission to advance interdisciplinary research on law, legal institutions, and social policy. The workshops seek to help UB faculty members make their book manuscripts as strong as possible prior to submission for publication. The Center invites two or three distinguished external scholars to review the manuscript and to engage in an intensive discussion with the author and interested UB faculty. Authors generally find these workshops highly valuable, and commentators and faculty find them stimulating and rewarding.; Baldy Center for Law and Social Policy; 2017-10-02;
  • NAEd/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship; The National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship Program supports early career scholars working in critical areas of education research. This nonresidential postdoctoral fellowship funds proposals that make significant scholarly contributions to the field of education. The program also develops the careers of its recipients through professional development activities involving National Academy of Education members. The fellowship award is a $70,000 grant intended to provide release time from teaching and administrative duties. The fellowship may also be used for other costs associated with your research.; National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation; 2015-05-07;
  • 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)
Journal Article:
  • 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. (2014). Navigating the road to college: Race and class variation in the college application process. Sociology Compass, 8(10), 1191-1205.
  • 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. (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. [Review of the book Selling Hope and College: Merit, Markets and Recruitment in an Unranked School by Alex Posecznick]. Contemporary Sociology
  • 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. (2018). A taste for selectivity or necessity? How social class shapes college application decisions. American Sociological Association Annual Meeting. Philadelphia, PA.;
  • 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.;
Editorial and Review:
  • Reviewer for Leadership and Policy in Schools
  • AERA SOE SIG proposal reviewer
  • Leadership and Policy in Schools Editorial Board
Professional Service:
  • Sociology of Education Association Board Member; Review proposals for annual conference each year
  • 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