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Department of Sociology

Ruth N. López Turley, Ph.D.


Director, Houston Education Research Consortium (HERC)
Associate Director, Kinder Institute for Urban Research 

Rice University
6100 Main Street - MS 28
Houston, Texas 77005

Office: Sewall Hall 378
Tel:  (713) 348-5713
Email:  turley@rice.edu

Office Hours: Tuesday 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

 Curriculum Vitae:  Turley_06/2014  

Areas of Interest

Educational Inequality
Race and Ethnicity


Dr. Ruth N. López Turley is the Director of the Houston Education Research Consortium (HERC), a research partnership between Rice and HISD that aims to close the socioeconomic gaps in achievement and attainment, and she is the Associate Director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research. She has a BA from Stanford University and an MA and PhD from Harvard University, where she was a Doctoral Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government’s Multidisciplinary Program in Inequality and Social Policy. She was previously a National Academy of Education Postdoctoral Fellow and was on the faculty at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, where she was an affiliate of the Wisconsin Center for Education Research and the Institute for Research on Poverty. She has served on the National Research Council, a branch of the National Academies that aims to improve government decision making and public policy, and was recently named to the Board of Directors of the Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness (SREE), based in Washington, DC. Dr. Turley is originally from Laredo, Texas.  

Recent Publications

Fiel, Jeremy, Anna Haskins, and Ruth N. López Turley.  2013.  “Reducing School Mobility:  A Randomized Trial of a Relationship-Building Intervention.”  American Educational Research Journal, 50(6):1188-1218.   

National Research Council.  2012.  Monitoring Progress toward Successful K-12 STEM Education:  A Nation Advancing?  Washington, DC:  The National Academies Press.   

Alvarado, Steven Elías and Ruth N. López Turley.  2012.  “College Bound Friends and College Application Choices:  Heterogeneous Effects for Latino and White Students.”  Social Science Research, 41(6):1451-1468. 

Gamoran, Adam, Ruth N. López Turley, Alyn Turner, and Rachel Fish.  2012.  “Differences between Hispanic and Non-Hispanic Families in Social Capital and Child Development:  First-Year Findings from an Experimental Study.”  Research in Social Stratification and Mobility, 30(1):97-112. 

Gamoran, Adam, Ruth N. López Turley, and Jeremy Fiel.  2012.  “The Evidence-Based School Interventions Movement.”  Oxford Handbook on Child Development and Poverty.  Oxford University Press.   

Turley, Ruth N. López and Matthew Desmond.  2011.  “Contributions to College Costs by Married, Divorced, and Remarried Parents.”  Journal of Family Issues, 32(6):767-790.   

Crosnoe, Robert and Ruth N. López Turley.  2011.  “K-12 Educational Outcomes of Immigrant Youth.”  The Future of Children, 21(1):129-152.