Sarah K. Bruch is an associate professor in the Joseph R. Biden, Jr. School of Public Policy and Administration and the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice at the University of Delaware. She received a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and a Master of Public Administration from the Evans School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington.
While at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, she was the recipient of a Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences Pre-doctoral Interdisciplinary Research and Training Fellowship, and a Fellow in the Graduate Research Fellows program at the Institute for Research on Poverty.
Her research focuses on the processes and policies that ameliorate or exacerbate social inequalities. In this vein, she studies the political and civic consequences of social policy designs; the distributional and social consequences of US safety net policies; the role of racial marginality in state policy choices; authority relations and racial dynamics within schools; and how multiple dimensions of race can be used to identify different mechanisms of racial disparities in education and punishment.
Her work has been published in leading academic journals including American Sociological Review, Journal of Marriage and Family, and Child Development.