Rachel Durham

Associate Professor

Education (School of) Gibbons Hall 319


  • Ph.D. in Sociology and Demography, Pennsylvania State University
  • M.A. in Sociology, Arizona State University
  • B.A. in Sociology, University of Mississippi


Dr. Rachel E. Durham joined the faculty at Notre Dame of Maryland University in August 2020. Prior to her arrival, Dr. Durham was a faculty member at Johns Hopkins University, serving as a researcher with the Baltimore Education Research Consortium (BERC) from 2007 to 2011 and 2013 to 2020.  From 2011 to 2013, Dr. Durham was a member of the Education Project Team at the Wittgenstein Centre for Demography and Global Human Capital housed at the Vienna University of Economics and Business in Vienna, Austria.

Dr. Durham’s areas of expertise include the transition to postsecondary, full service community schools, immigration and education, and research-practice partnerships. She has published research in a number of peer-reviewed outlets and currently serves as Secretary for Division H of the American Educational Research Association. Dr. Durham teaches Dissertation Seminar and Methodology in the Instructional/Higher Education Leadership for Changing Populations PhD programs, and has additional teaching interests in statistics/quantitative methods and educational policy and equity.

Selected Publications and Presentations

  • Durham, R.E., Smith, Z., & Cronister, C. (2020). Baltimore College Fact Book: Data Digest of College Access Outcomes. Baltimore, MD: Baltimore Education Research Consortium. https://baltimore-berc.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/BaltimoreCollegeFactBookJune2020.pdf
  • Durham, R.E. (2020). What is career readiness? Comparing predictors of career and college persistence. Annual Meetings of the American Educational Research Association.
  • Arnold, K. T., Pollack Porter, K. M., Frattaroli, S., Durham, R. E., Mmari, K., Clary, L. K., & Mendelson, T. (2020). Factors that Influenced Adoption of a School-Based Trauma-Informed Universal Mental Health Intervention. Prevention Science, 1-12.
  • Durham, R.E., Connolly, F. (2019). College and labor force outcomes in young adulthood: Using accountability-based state longitudinal data systems to address opportunity inequity. Annual Meetings of the American Educational Research Association, Toronto, Ontario.
  • Durham, R. E., Shiller, J., Connolly, F. (2019). Student attendance: A persistent challenge and leading indicator for Baltimore’s Community School Strategy. Journal of Education for Students Placed At Risk, 24(3), 218-243.
  • Durham, R. E., Shiller, J., Connolly, F. (2018). A multifaceted approach to developing relationships. Phi Delta Kappan, 99(5), 36-37.
  • Durham, R.E., Connolly, F. (2018). Launching into Adulthood: 2009 Graduates of Baltimore City Public Schools. Research Brief Series. Baltimore, MD: Baltimore Education Research Consortium. https://baltimore-berc.org/launching-into-adulthood/
  • Durham, R.E., Connolly, F. (2018). College enrollment and summer melt in a large urban district: Student and high school factors. Annual Meetings of the American Educational Research Association, New York, New York.
  • Durham, R.E. (2016). Baltimore City's community school strategy, out-of-school time programs and outcomes for year three. Maryland State Department of Education Data Summit, MSDE, Ellicott City, MD.
  • Durham, R. E., Bell-Ellwanger, J., Connolly, F., Howard Robinson, K., Olson, L., Rone, T. (2015). University-district partnership research to understand college readiness among Baltimore City students. Journal of Education for Students Placed At Risk, 20(1-2), 120-140.
  • Barakat, B. F., Durham, R. E. (2014). Future education trends. In Wolfgang Lutz, William Butz, Samir KC (Eds). World Population and Human Capital in the 21st Century (pp. pp. 397-433). Oxford University Press.
  • Durham, R.E., Bettencourt, A., & Connolly, F. (2014). Measuring School Climate: Using Existing Data Tools on Climate and Effectiveness to Inform School Organizational Health. http://baltimore-berc.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/ClimateToolsReportOct2014.pdf
  • Barakat, B. F., Durham, R. E. (2013). Dropout mayors and graduate farmers: Educational fertility differentials by occupational status and industry in six European countries. Demographic Research, 28, 1213-1262.
  • Guimarães Rodrigues, C., Durham, R.E., Barakat, B.F. (2012). Educational expansion in Latin American countries: Has attainment inequality narrowed? Congreso de la Asociación Latinoamericana de Población (Latin American Population Association), Asociación Latinoamericana de Población (Population Association of Latin America), Montevideo, Uruguay
  • Bodovski, K., Durham, R. E. (2010). Parental practices and achievement of Mexican and Chinese immigrant children in the U.S.: Assimilation patterns? Research in Comparative and International Education, 5(2), 156-175.
  • Sanford-DeRousie, R. E., Durham, R. E. (2008). Processes and factors influencing family contributions to school readiness. In Alan Booth, Anne C. Crouter, and Elliot B. Weininger (Eds.), Disparities in School Readiness: How Families Contribute to Transitions into School. New York: Lawrence-Erlbaum.

Durham, R. E., Farkas, G., Scheffner-Hammer, C., Tomblin, B., Catts, H. (2007). Kindergarten oral language skill: A key variable in the intergenerational transmission of socioeconomic status. Research in Social Stratification and Mobilit

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