University at Buffalo

Megan M. Iantosca

Megan M. Iantosca

Associate Professor


Specialty/Research Focus

Access and Equity; Achievement; Diversity; Equity and Poverty; Gender, Culture, and Equity; Educational Policy; Ethnography; Higher Education; Race, Inequality, and Education; Organizational Change; Qualitative Research Methods; Urban Education; 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:
  • 2023 Excellence in Mentoring Award; UB Gender Institute; 2023-05-11;
  • 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;
Recent Publications:
Journal Article:
  • Holland Iantosca, M., & Lemke, M. (2022). The glass escalator in school counselling: gender and leadership aspirations. Gender and Education, 34(7), 852-868.
  • Holland,M.M & Ford, K.S. (2021) Legitimating prestige through diversity: How higher education institutions represent ethno-racial diversity across levels of selectivity. The Journal of Higher Education, 92(1), 1-30.
  • Ford, K. S., & Holland, M.M. (2020). Identifying “race unknown” postsecondary students in survey data. Teacher’s College Record. ID Number: 23485.
  • Holland, M. M. (2020). Framing the search: How first-generation students evaluate colleges. The Journal of Higher Education 91(3), 278-401.
Book Review:
  • Holland, Megan M. (2020). [Review of the book The company we keep: Interracial friendships and romantic relationships from adolescence to adulthood, by G. Kao, K. Joyner, and K. S. Balistreri] American Journal of Sociology, 126(3), 734-736.
Recent Presentations:
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., Kimelberg, S., Lewis, D. & Taughrin, R. 2021. Family you can come home to: How bonding social capital works to facilitate the development of bridging social capital. Roundtable presentation at the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, April, Virtual.;
  • Lewis, D. & Taughrin, R., & Holland, M.M. 2021. Using the community cultural wealth model for success: Students of color activating familial capital. Roundtable presentation at the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, April, Virtual;
  • 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.;
Recent Grants:
  • “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)
Recent Activities:
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