About Joao Souto-Maior

I am a fifth-year PhD student in the Sociology of Education program in the Department of Applied Statistics, Social Science and Humanities at New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development. Broadly, I study the processes which shape unequal access to educational resources, particularly along dimensions of race and class. My current research investigates the formation of educational inequalities within educational institutions, with an emphasis on the role of organizational practices in producing these within-institution inequalities. I rely on a variety of quantitative methods, with an emphasis on agent-based modeling techniques, hoping to advance the use of computational methods—and the insights derived from it— within the fields of sociology of education and education policy.

Joao Souto-Maior is a postdoc at the New York University’s Institute of Human Development and Social Change.

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NBN Episodes hosted by Joao:

Kenneth J. Saltman, "The Alienation of Fact: Digital Educational Privatization, AI, and the False Promise of Bodies and Numbers" (MIT Press, 2022)

September 6, 2023

The Alienation of Fact

Kenneth J. Saltman
Hosted by Joao Souto-Maior

Today, conspiracy theories run rampant, attacks on facts have become commonplace, and systemic inequities are on the rise as individual and collective…

Hava Rachel Gordon, "This Is Our School!: Race and Community Resistance to School Reform" (NYU Press, 2021)

August 31, 2023

This Is Our School!

Hava Rachel Gordon
Hosted by Joao Souto-Maior

Parents, educators, and activists are passionately fighting to improve public schools around the country. In This Is Our School!: Race and Community R…

Erica O. Turner, "Suddenly Diverse: How School Districts Manage Race and Inequality" (U Chicago Press, 2020)

August 25, 2023

Suddenly Diverse

Erica O. Turner
Hosted by Joao Souto-Maior

For the past five years, American public schools have enrolled more students identified as Black, Latinx, American Indian, and Asian than white. At th…

Keith A. Mayes, "The Unteachables: Disability Rights and the Invention of Black Special Education" (U Minnesota Press, 2023)

August 13, 2023

The Unteachables

Keith A. Mayes
Hosted by Joao Souto-Maior

The Unteachables: Disability Rights and the Invention of Black Special Education (U Minnesota Press, 2023) examines the overrepresentation of Black st…

Cassidy Puckett, "Redefining Geek: Bias and the Five Hidden Habits of Tech-Savvy Teens" (U Chicago Press, 2022)

August 25, 2022

Redefining Geek

Cassidy Puckett
Hosted by Joao Souto-Maior

Picture a typical computer geek. Likely white, male, and someone you’d say has a “natural instinct” for technology. Yet, after six years teaching tech…

Ethan W. Ris, "Other People's Colleges: The Origins of American Higher Education Reform" (U Chicago Press, 2022)

August 3, 2022

Other People's Colleges

Ethan W. Ris
Hosted by Joao Souto-Maior

For well over one hundred years, people have been attempting to make American colleges and universities more efficient and more accountable. Indeed, E…

Anthony Abraham Jack, "The Privileged Poor: How Elite Colleges Are Failing Disadvantaged Students" (Harvard UP, 2019)

July 28, 2022

The Privileged Poor

Anthony Abraham Jack
Hosted by Joao Souto-Maior

The Ivy League looks different than it used to. College presidents and deans of admission have opened their doors—and their coffers—to support a more …