Andrew J. Cognard-Black

Pandion Haliaetus Professor of Sociology

Andrew Cognard-Black in Action


Dr. Cognard-Black is the Pandion Haliaetus Professor of Sociology at St. Mary’s College, where he has taught since 2003. He teaches courses in social stratification and inequality, statistics and research methods, race and ethnicity, gender, families, demography, environmental sociology, and work and occupations, as well as first-year honors seminars and the course in introductory sociology. Professor Cognard-Black is a past Fulbright Scholar and taught as a visiting professor of sociology and American culture at the University of Ljubljana in 2012. Cognard-Black’s current area of research interest is centered in the sociology of education, and he has over 25 articles, chapters, blogs, white papers, and conference papers focusing in particular on the provision and growth of honors programs in higher education. Dr. Cognard-Black is the coordinator and principal investigator for the National Survey of Student Engagement Honors Education Consortium research project (2019–2022), and he is a principal investigator for the 2021 Census of U.S. Honors Colleges. He also is active in international education and helps to lead, along with his spouse, Jennifer Cognard-Black (English), a summer abroad course to study Shakespeare in Stratford-upon-Avon, England. Professor Cognard-Black currently serves on the editorial board for the Journal of the National Collegiate Honors Council and worked for over a decade on the editorial staff for the Journal of Health and Social Behavior, one of the flagship journals of the American Sociological Association. Dr. Cognard-Black currently serves on the Board of Directors for the National Collegiate Honors Council.


Ph.D., The Ohio State University, 2004 (Sociology)

M.A., The Ohio State University, 1996 (Sociology)

M.A., Iowa State University, 1994 (English Language and Literature)

B.A., Nebraska Wesleyan University, 1992 (Sociology & English)

Areas of Research Specialization

  • Social Stratification & Inequality
  • Sociology of Education
  • Sociology of Work & Occupations


  • Riding the Glass Escalator to the Principal’s Office: Sex-atypical Work among Token Men in the United States.

    This article exploring forces contributing to workplace sex segregation appeared in the European journal Teorija in Praksa [Theory and Practice] in 2012.

    Riding the Glass Escalator to the Principal's Office