Robert Bozick is a sociologist based in RAND's Santa Monica office and a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. His research focuses on the linkages between school and work over the life course, youth employment and youth labor markets, inequality in higher education, and the transition to adulthood for disadvantaged populations.
Bozick has over 12 years of experience developing and testing survey instruments, analyzing complex survey data, and using longitudinal data to address issues in public policy, education, and youth development. He is currently the principal investigator on a National Science Foundation funded grant to study how applied engineering and computer science courses prepare non-college bound youth for the labor market. Additionally, he is a coprincipal investigator on a National Science Foundation funded grant to study how career and technical education programs prepare youth with disabilities for careers in STEM and he is a coprincipal investigator on an evaluation of the Pathways from Prison to Postsecondary Education demonstration project for the Vera Institute of Justice.
Prior to RAND, Bozick was a research scientist at RTI International where he was the principal investigator on a multi-method study of career and technical education for the U.S. Department of Education and co-lead the transcript data collection component of the Education Longitudinal Study of 2002 for the National Center for Education Statistics. Bozick has a Ph.D. in sociology from Johns Hopkins University.
Bozick, Robert and Ben Dalton, "Balancing Career and Technical Education with Academic Coursework: The Consequences for Mathematics Achievement Over the Last Two Years of High School," Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, 35:123-138, 2013 (forthcoming)
Dalton, Ben and Robert Bozick "Adding College-Ready Coursework to a Career-Ready Pathway: Implications for Dropping Out of High School," in Smerdon, Becky and Kathryn Borman, Pressing Forward: Increasing and Expanding Rigor and Relevance in America's High Schools, Information Age Publishing, 2012
Bozick, Robert and Stefanie DeLuca, "The Decision Not to Go to College: School, Work, and Opportunities in the Lives of American Youth," Social Science Research, 4(1249):1262, 2011
Bozick, Robert, Karl Alexander, Doris Entwisle, Susan Dauber, and Kerri Kerr, "Framing the Future: Revisiting the Role of Educational Expectations in Status Attainment," Social Forces, 88:2027-2052, 2010
Bozick, Robert, "Job Opportunities, Economic Resources, and the Postsecondary Destinations of American Youth," Demography, 46:493-512, 2009
Bozick, Robert "College Enrollment," in Crosnoe, Robert, Mary Elizabeth Hughes, and Amy Pienta, Encyclopedia of the Life Course and Human Development, Gale Publishing, 2008
Alexander, Karl, Robert Bozick, and Doris Entwisle, "Warming Up, Cooling Out, or Holding Steady?: Persistence and Change in Educational Expectations over the Years after High School," Sociology of Education, 81:371-396, 2008
Bozick, Robert, "Making It Through the First Year of College: The Role of Students' Economic Resources, Employment, and Living Arrangements," Sociology of Education, 80:261-285, 2007