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Katerina Bodovski, Ph.D.


Dr. Katerina Bodovski is an Associate Professor of Educational Theory and Policy in the Department of Education Policy Studies at The Pennsylvania State University. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology from The Pennsylvania State University in 2007. She obtained both an M.A. in Sociology and a B.A. in Sociology and Anthropology from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. Dr. Bodovski’s research interests include sociology of education, stratification and inequality, parental practices, cultural capital, comparative and international education, and education of immigrant children. Broadly defined, her research focuses on gaining an understanding of the factors shaping student behavior and academic achievement, related to family practices, neighborhood characteristics and school settings. More recently, Dr. Bodovski has expanded her research to include post-socialist countries of Eastern and Central Europe, as well as cross-national examination of characteristics of the educational systems. In 2015, Dr. Bodovski published a book “Across Three Continents: Reflections on Immigration, Education, and Personal Survival” (Peter Lang Publishing). This combination of autobiographical narrative and sociological analysis discusses the author’s firsthand experiences in Soviet Russia, Israel, and the United States.

Research Interests

Sociology of Education; Stratification; Comparative and International Education; Cultural Capital


  • Ph.D., Sociology, The Pennsylvania State University, 2007
  • M.A., Sociology, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel, 2001
  • B.A., Sociology and Anthropology, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel, 1996