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Hersheda Patel

Graduate Student    

B.A., Sociology and Criminal Justice, Georgia College


Race & Urban Studies


Research Interests: My primary research interests concern race, stratification, organizations, and higher education. Specifically, I am interested in how universities balance the needs for academic excellence, competitiveness, and diversity in enrollment and how that balance affects students’ persistence and retention. I am currently focusing on how specialization and mission differentiation allows universities to achieve upward mobility in the higher education stratification system. Furthermore, I am exploring how these organizational changes affect universities’ commitment to diversity.
Personal Interests: I enjoy reading, swimming, and playing around with my two dogs. I have an unhealthy obsession with Taco Bell and Doctor Who.​