Sarah Ovink


Sarah Ovink

Associate Professor


675A McBryde Hall 
225 Stanger Street 
Blacksburg, VA 24061


(540) 231-2481


Department Membership



  • Sociology of Education
  • Higher Education
  • Latino/a Sociology
  • Immigration
  • Diversity

Professional Activities

  • Secretary, Sociology of Education Association
  • Sociology of Education Association, former Board Member
  • American Sociological Association
  • American Educational Research Association


  • Ph.D. University of California - Davis
  • M.A. University of California - Davis
  • B.A. Kalamazoo College

Research Interests

    Awards and Honors

    NSF CAREER Award, National Science Foundation. This five-year award is in support of the project: “Broadening Participation in STEM: Intersectional and Institutional Influences on Underrepresented Minorities’ College and Career Pathways in Longitudinal Perspective”

    Also see Sponsored Research below.

    Selected Publications


    Ovink, Sarah M. and Demetra Kalogrides. 2015. "No Place Like Home? Familism and Latino/a-White Differences in College Pathways." Social Science Research, Volume 52:219-235. Available online:,17Ro8eCV

    Ebert, Kim and Sarah M. Ovink. 2014.  "Exclusionary Ordinances and Discrimination in New and Established Latino/a Destinations." American Behavioral Scientist 58:1784-1804.

    Ovink, Sarah M.  2014. “‘They Always Call Me an Investment:’ Gender and Latino/a College Pathways.” Gender and Society 28(2): 265-88.

    Ovink, Sarah M. and Brian D. Veazey. 2011. “More than Getting Us Through: A Case Study in Cultural Capital Enrichment of Underrepresented Minority Undergraduates” Research in Higher Education 52:370–394.

    Sponsored Research

    2013 — American Educational Research Association (AERA) Grants Program Research Grant, with support from the National Science Foundation for the project “College Match and Undermatch”: $25,000.

    2010–2011 — American Educational Research Association (AERA) Grants Program Dissertation Grant, with support from the National Science Foundation: $20,000.

    2008–2009 — National Science Foundation Dissertation Improvement Grant: $7,500.