Blake Silver

Jefferson Scholars Foundation Fellow
Class: 2018
Hometown: Hampton, Virginia
B.A. George Mason University (2011)
M.A. George Washington University (2013)
M.A. University of Virginia (2016)

Blake Silver is a fourth-year doctoral candidate in the Department of Sociology, studying higher education, culture, and inequality. He has presented his work at conferences including the annual meetings of the American Sociological Association, the American Educational Research Association, the Eastern Sociological Society, and the American College Personnel Association. Blake has also published his research in the Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice, the Journal of College Student Development, and the Journal of Alcohol and Drug Education. Currently he is working on a study of the experiences of first-generation American college seniors, funded with a grant from the NASPA Foundation.

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