Dr. Bates' current research examines racial/ethnic differences in educational outcomes. In particular, her current projects focus on moving beyond the status quo white/Black comparison to include a number of racial/ethnic groups. In addition to examining a number of racial/ethnic groups, her work also examines specific ethnic groups as opposed to broad pan-ethnic categories. She is also examining within-group differences across socioeconomic strata as well as within-socioeconomic strata differences across racial/ethnic groups.
Dr. Bates is a faculty affiliate of the Department of Africana Studies.