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Alicia García Sierra

DPhil in Sociology

Research Interests: social stratification, child development, human capital formation, intergenerational transmission of (dis)advantages. 

I am a final-year PhD student in Sociology funded by the Clarendon Fund and Nuffield College. My thesis, "Uneven Pathways: Three Novel Mechanisms of Intergenerational Transmission of (Dis)Advantages" advances the understanding of the socioeconomic inequalities in children’s development by quantitatively examining three previously unexplored mechanisms through which social reproduction operates. 

More broadly, I am interested in understanding how inequality emerges and is reproduced across generations, as well as in the role that several institutional configurations, such as the educational systems, play in this picture. In my research, I mostly use longitudinal household survey data and causally-oriented approaches.

Before joining Oxford, I completed a Master's degree in Research in Social Sciences at the Carlos III-Juan March Institute (IC3JM), where I held the Juan March Servera Scholarship. I also worked as a Research Assistant for the Effort and Social Inequality Research Project and as a Teaching Assistant in the Social Sciences Department.

At Oxford, I have worked as a Research Assistant for the Understanding Family Demographic Processes & In-Work Poverty in Europe project, and as a Teaching Assistant for the postgraduate courses on Statistical Methods and Advanced Quantitative Methods in the Sociology Department. I am also a Tutor for Social Policy and Sociological Theory. 


Alicia García Sierra


García-Sierra, A. The Dark Side of Meritocratic Beliefs: Is Believing in Meritocracy Detrimental to Individuals from Low Socioeconomic Backgrounds?. Social Justice Research. 36, 385–409 (2023).