Josipa Roksa is Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education and Professor of Sociology and Education. The associate provost for undergraduate education collaborates with academic and student affairs units to ensure that all undergraduates, regardless of their backgrounds or prior experiences, have opportunities to thrive at UVA. Roksa is currently leading initiatives related to academic advising and student success in STEM, as well as collaborating on efforts to leverage data to support students and evaluate progress on new initiatives. Roksa also serves as a liaison to student affairs and has responsibility for academic support and undergraduate research and fellowships.
Roksa is a sociologist who studies inequality in higher education. Much of her current research centers on understanding how students’ experiences vary at the intersection of race/ethnicity and gender in STEM. She also examines experiences and outcomes of first-generation and low-income students, and more broadly the role of socioeconomic status in shaping students’ trajectories in higher education. Roksa is co-author of Academically Adrift: Limited Learning on College Campuses and Aspiring Adults Adrift: Tentative Transitions of College Graduates. She has published extensively in sociology and higher education, and her research has been supported by a range of foundations, including the National Science Foundation and the Spencer Foundation.
Roksa earned her Ph.D. in sociology from New York University (NYU) and B.A. in psychology from Mount Holyoke College.