Biographical Information

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Assistant Professor Rebecca London

Rebecca London is an Assistant Professor of Sociology and the Faculty Director of the Student Success Evaluation and Research Center (SSERC) at the University of California, Santa Cruz.  Her research focuses on understanding the challenges faced by disadvantaged children and youth and the ways that communities and community organizations support young people to be healthy and successful. Using both qualitative and quantitative methods, she has conducted research in multiple fields, including: K-12 and post-secondary education, health and wellness, afterschool programs, welfare reform, the digital divide and children's living arrangements. Her research has been published in numerous journals, edited volumes, and policy briefs as well as presented at professional conferences, in community forums and in legislative testimony. 

Research Interests

K-12 and postsecondary education; children, youth and families; social policy; health and well-being; social inequality; cross-sector analyses; community-engaged research; quantitative methods; mixed methods


1996 – Ph.D., Human Development and Social Policy Program, School of Education and Social Policy, Northwestern University

1993 – M.A. Economics, Northwestern University

1990 – B.A., Economics, University of Michigan