Awardee | Queenie Zhu, Ph.D. candidate in Sociology & Social Policy
Queenie Zhu is the recipient of the 2015 David Lee Stevenson Award for Outstanding Graduate Student Paper from the American Sociological Association's Sociology of Education section.
Her paper—"On Common Ground: How Spatial Layout Facilitates Schools' Power to Segregate Students,"—investigates how spatial layout and organization-level spatial planning interact to create different integration contexts and outcomes at two diverse suburban schools. Drawing on ethnographic work, Zhu shows how space structures social relations, allowing for physical boundaries to translate into social boundaries at one school but not the other.
Queenie Zhu is a Ph.D. candidate in Sociology & Social Policy, with academic interests in educational inequality, stratification, immigration, race and ethnicity, and urban sociology. Her work has examined how school composition contributes to educational outcomes, the ramifications of the suburbanization of poverty, and the transition to adulthood among inner-city youth.