Debbie Warnock

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Debbie Warnock's work draws upon sociology, education, and social statistics to investigate how underrepresented students access and experience higher education.


Warnock teaches courses in sociology, education, and social statistics. She investigates access to, and experiences of, higher education for underrepresented students, with a particular interest in first-generation students and students from low-income backgrounds. In addition to book chapters and education policy reports, her work has been published in Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, The Journal of Working-Class Studies, Journal of College Student Development, and Innovative Higher Education. She previously taught at SUNY Cortland, the University of Louisville, Skidmore College, and the University of Washington. She earned her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Washington in 2010 and holds a BA in Psychology and German Studies from Vassar College.

Warnock is the recipient of a 2017 Erasmus Mundus Fellowship to guest lecture at Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj, Romania. Previously, she won a Fulbright fellowship to conduct research in Berlin, Germany. Her work has also been funded by the Association for Institutional Research and the West Coast Poverty Center at the University of Washington. Warnock was a faculty member at Bennington from Fall 2017-Fall 2021.