Cornelius Riordan


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Howley Hall 210A


Ph.D. - Syracuse University

Brief Biography:

Cornelius Riordan, Ph.D., is Professor of Sociology at Providence College in Providence, RI., USA. He received an M.A. in Sociology from Clark University, his doctorate in Sociology from Syracuse University, and completed two years of postdoctoral study at Johns Hopkins University. He is the author of a textbook in the sociology of education entitled Equality and Achievement that is now in its second edition. He has studied the effects of single and mixed sex education at all levels of schooling for the past two decades and is the author of Girls and Boys in School: Together or Separate (1990) and numerous professional papers on this subject. He was the Project Director for a large national study of public single sex schools for at-risk children with a grant from the U.S. Department of Education published in 2008 as Early Implementation of Public Single-Sex Schools: Perceptions and Characteristics. He has been a keynote speaker, panelist, expert trial witness, researcher, and author on this subject for 25 years. He was a signatory of a Supreme Court Amicus Brief in the VMI case and has written declarations in several court cases involving single-sex schools.

Area(s) of Expertise:

Single sex education, the gender gap in test scores and educational performance, Catholic and public schools: comparative outcomes

Selected Publications:

Riordan, C. (2013) Single Sex Schools. NewYork:: Blackwell Publishing.

Riordan, C. (2004) Equality and Achievement: An Introduction to the Sociology of Education (2E). . Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall

Riordan, C. (2003) Failing in School? Yes; Victims of War? No. . Sociology of Education.(76), 369-272.

Riordan, C. (1990) Girls and Boys in School: Together or Separate. New York: Teachers College Press, Columbia University

Selected Presentations:

Riordan, C. . , Arequipa, Peru (2012); Warsaw and Krakow, Poland, (2011); Buenos Aires, Argentina, (2009); Philadelphia, PA (2008), Barcelona, Spain (2007); Lisbon, Portugal (2007); Washington, DC (2004); Madrid, Spain ((2001). - "Keynote Speaker on Single-Sex Schools" , 2011

Riordan, C. Paper presented by invitation at an Educational Policy Breakfast . Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and , New York University - "The Potential and Future of Public Single-Sex Schools" February, 2008

Riordan, C. Paper presented at the Harold W. McGraw Annual Seminar for Reporters New to the K-12 Beat. Hechinger Institute on Education and the Media., Teachers College, Columbia University - "The Gender Gap from Kindergarten to College" July, 2005

Riordan, C. Paper presented by invitation of the Institute for Educational Initiatives. University of Notre Dame, - "Achievement and Equity in Catholic and Public Schools: Gender Gap Comparisons 1972-1992" , 1998

Riordan, C. . The Supreme Court of the United States, Washington, DC - "Signatory, Amici Curiae Brief in , No. 94-1941 and 94-2107" , 1995

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