University at Buffalo

Lois M. Weis

Lois M. Weis

State University of New York Distinguished Professor

Distinguished Professor 10 Months


Specialty/Research Focus

Access and Equity; Equity and Poverty; Gender, Culture, and Equity; Global Issues; Immigrant Issues; Higher Education; Race, Inequality, and Education; Urban Education

Contact Information
468 Baldy Hall
North Campus
Phone: (716) 645-1079

Professional Summary:

Dr. Weis is author, co-author or editor of numerous books and articles that focus on race, class and gender in American schools. Her most recent publications include:
• Class Warfare: Class and Race in Affluent and Elite Secondary Schools (University of Chicago)
• Class Reunion: The Remaking of the American White Working Class (Routledge)
• Working Method: Research and Social Justice (Routledge)
• Beyond Silenced Voices: Class, Race and Gender in United States Schools, revised edition (SUNY Press)
• The Unknown City: The lives of Poor and Working Class Young Adults (Beacon Press)
Dr. Weis is Past President of the American Educational Studies Association and is on the editorial boards of several journals, including Educational Policy, International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education and Review of Educational Research.
Dr. Weis was awarded the rank of SUNY Distinguished Professor, the highest faculty rank in the State University of New York system. The award recognizes full professors of national or international prominence for outstanding achievement in research and scholarship. In addition, Weis and co-author Michelle Fine received the 2006 Critic Choice Award from the American Educational Studies Association for their book, Beyond Silenced Voices: Class, Race, and Gender in United States School.

Education and Training:
  • PhD, University of Wisconsin, Educational Policy Studies (1978)
  • “Effects of State Policy on High School Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Opportunities and Outcomes for Low-Income Underrepresented Minorities”; Federal; NSF; Continuing; (08/01/2018-09/17/2021)
  • Working Group Meeting on the Scope and Possibilities of Mixed Methods Research on Educational Issues; Foundation and Research Organization; Spencer Foundation; Awarded; (07/14/2015-09/01/2018)
  • Weis, L. Cipollone, K, and Jenkins, H. (2014). Class Warfare: Class, race and college admissions in top-tier secondary schools. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
Journal Article:
  • Eisenhart, M., Weis, L. et al. (2015). High school opportunities for STEM: Comparing inclusive STEM-focused and comprehensive high schools in two US cities. Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 52(60), 763-789.
  • Weis, L., et al. (2015). In the guise of STEM education reform: Opportunity structures and outcomes in inclusive STEM-focused high schools. American Educational Research Journal, 52(6), 1024-1059.
Book Chapter:
  • Weis, L. (2016). Positioning for elite and quasi-elite colleges and universities in the United States: Parent and student strategies for maintaining advantage in new economic and postsecondary context. In Slaughter, S. and Taylor, BJ, Eds., Higher education, stratification, and workforce development: Competitive advantage in Europe, the US, and Canada. New York: Springer.
  • Weis, L. Cipollone, L., and Stich, A. (2016). Poverty, privilege, and the intensification of inequalities in the postsecondary admissions process, in W. Tierney, ed., Rethinking education and poverty. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins Press.
  • Borko, H. and Weis, L. (2015). Celebrating our successes and offering a cautionary note: Reflections on the National Academy of Education/Spencer Fellowship Programs, in Michael J. Feuer, Amy I. Berman, and Richard C. Atkinson, Eds., The past as prologue: The National Academy of Education at fifty: Members reflect. Washington, DC: National Academy of Education.
  • Weis, L. (2015). Foreword. In M. Li, Citizenship education and migrant youth in China: Pathways to the urban underclass. New York: Routledge.
  • Weis, L. (2014). A comment on class productions in elite secondary schools in twenty-first century global context, in Jane Kenway and Cameron McCarthy, Eds., Globalisation, societies and education. Special issue: Elite schools in globalising circumstances: New conceptual directions and connections, 12(2), 309-320.
Invited Lectures:
  • Critical Bifocality University of Wisconsin-Madison March 2016;
  • Distinguished Lecture Series, Georgia State University November 2015;
  • Lois Weis Keynote lecture at Gender and Education conference Class/Gender Formation in 21st Century United States: Probing Intersectionality in the New Upper Middle Class in Markedly Altered Global and National Circumstances University of Roehampton London UK June 2015;
  • Critical Bifocality and Circuits of Privilege, Invited lecture. Beijing Normal University, China, October 2014;
  • Invited lecture at Beijing Normal University, October 2014. Driving Towards College Admission in Top-Tier United States Secondary Schools;
  • Lois Weis Driving Towards College Admissions in Top Tier Secondary Schools Invited Lecture Teachers College Columbia March 2015;
  • Lois Weis Driving Towards College Admissions in Top-Tier United States Secondary Schools; Implications for Postsecondary Entrance Patterns and Choice of Major Invited Lecture at the Humanities Institute University at Buffalo April 2015;
  • Lois Weis Invited Lecture Class Warfare: Driving Towards College Admissions in Top-Tier United States Secondary Schools University at Pennsylvania March 2015;
  • Weis, L. (August 2014). Critical bifocality and circuits of privilege. Nordic Centre of Excellence. Justice Through Education in Nordic Countries, Helsinki, Finland.;
  • Weis, L. (February 2015). Driving towards college admissions: Class consolidation in new times. Keynote address at Sociology of Education Asilomar conference, California.;
  • Weis, L. (May 2014). Class, race and college admissions in top tier US secondary schools. Invited Participant in EuroScience conference, Copenhagen, Denmark.;
  • Weis, L. (October 2014). Class warfare: Class, race and college admissions in top-tier US secondary schools. Invited paper, presented at Renmin University, China.;
  • Lois Weis Producing Inequalities: Elite US Secondary Schools as Sites of Newly Articulated Class Work in Global Context Invited Paper presentation at Invited conference on Elite Education OISE University of Toronto June 2015;
  • Cipollone, K.,Stich, A. and Weis, L. (2015). Pathways to STEM among low-income students of color in four Buffalo high schools. Paper as part of symposium, annual meetings of AERA.;
  • Dominguez, R.F., Nikischer, A., and Weis, L. (2015) Postsecondary Matriculation Patterns in High Schools in Buffalo. Paper presented at annual meetings of AERA.;
  • Stich, A., Cipollone, K., and Weis, L. (2015). Urban education and the strengths of longitudinal ethnography: Evidence from the field. Paper presented at annual meetings of AERA.;
  • Weis, L. (2015). “The impossible is the least that one can demand”: A community remembrance of Greg Dimitriadis. Presentation at annual meetings of AERA.;
  • Weis, L. (2015). Invited Presidential Session at annual meetings of AERA: Invited Panel: Justice and education amid deepening social and economic inequalities: Realities, challenges, and possibilities in a new global context. Invited Paper: Class warfare: Class, race, and college admissions among the aspirant class in U.S. secondary schools.;
Editorial and Review:
  • I routinely review manuscripts for a wide variety of top tier journals
Professional Service:
  • Member of National Academy of Education. In this capacity I participate in a variety of professionally related activities including the Professional Development Committee activities at all relevant NAEd functions
  • I sit on the NAEd/Spencer dissertation selection committee and have been a member of this committee for three years. This is a very intensive set of commitments, involving reviewing hundreds of applications each year.

    Contact Information

    468 Baldy Hall
    North Campus
    Phone: (716) 645-1079