April Sutton is a Frank H.T. Rhodes Postdoctoral Fellow at the Cornell Population Center at Cornell University. In July of 2017, she will join the Department of Sociology at the University of California, San Diego as an assistant professor.
Sutton earned a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Texas at Austin and graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa with a B.S. degree from Vanderbilt University. Her research cuts across the areas of stratification and inequality, education, labor markets, gender, race/ethnicity, and work and occupations. The motivation of her work is to enhance our understanding of 1) the link between education and labor force outcomes, and 2) how and why critical life transitions shape inequality. Much of Sutton's research focuses on the spatial and gender dimensions of enduring social inequalities and the scholarly and policy debates surrounding them. She is especially interested in how communities, schools, and other institutional contexts strengthen or weaken gender and racial/ethnic inequalities in education, work, and family formation outcomes. Sutton's lead-author articles on these topics are published in the American Sociological Review and Sociology of Education. Major media outlets have covered her work, including The Atlantic, Forbes, and U.S. News and World Report.