Alma is a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Sociology at Purdue University. She integrates research within education, race/ethnicity, social class and culture to understand the academic experiences of underrepresented students. Beyond identifying factors affecting student development, retention and college accessibility, her work explains how students draw on class and ethnic resources to navigate school cultures. In addition to broadening understandings of students’ upwardly mobile trajectories, Alma also assesses how these pursuits shape students’ perceptions of their ethnic and working-class origins. She draws on both quantitative and qualitative research techniques in her analyses.