Christina Ciocca Eller

Christina Ciocca Eller


College Effects on Bachelor's Degree Completion for the New Majority

Dissertation Review Committee


Christina Ciocca Eller draws on quantitative and qualitative methods to analyze the role of higher education institutions in shaping the opportunities and outcomes available to students. Her dissertation, “College Effects on Bachelor’s Degree Completion for the New Majority,” brings together key ideas from the stratification and organizations literatures to study the interactions between students and colleges. Specifically, she uses longitudinal data from both administrative records and a yearlong interview study of the largest, urban, public university system in the U.S. to quantify "college effects," or the independent impact of colleges on student outcomes, as well as the individual and organizational forces that explain those effects. Outside of her dissertation, she has analyzed the black/white gap in BA completion and the relationship between course-taking and labor market outcomes.  She additionally has studied school-to-work transitions in comparative international contexts, including collaborative work published in the American Journal of Sociology. In May 2017, she was named an NAEd/Spencer Foundation Dissertation Fellow for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Christina received her bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University, where she was valedictorian of the College class, and subsequently received graduate degrees in Women’s Studies and Management Research from the University of Oxford through the Timothy S. Healy Scholarship. Prior to beginning her doctoral studies, she served as Chief Speechwriter and Communications Director for the president of Georgetown University.


  • M.Phil Sociology, Columbia University, 2016
  • MA Sociology, Columbia University, 2014
  • MSc Management Research, Oxford University,  2007
  • MA Women's Studies, Oxford University, 2006
  • BA Performance and Culture, Georgetown University, 2005


  • Sociology of Education
  • Sociology of Teaching and Learning