Dr. Karen Bradley


PhD, Stanford University

MA, Boston College

BA, Providence College

(360) 650-3001

Dr. Bradley obtained her B.A. in English, along with a secondary teaching certification from Providence College. After teaching middle school, she worked as a university administrator for seven years and a program specialist for the State of Massachusetts, developing employee training programs for profit and non-profit organizations.

She received her M.A. in Higher Education Administration from Boston College, and M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology from Stanford University in 1994. Her research and her classes blend her interest in organizational processes, education, and gender.

Much of Dr. Bradley's research has examined women’s participation within higher education by field and by level of attainment within countries throughout the world. She is currently collaborating with Dr. John Richardson on a research project investigating the development of the field of educational psychology over time within the United States. Several Western students have worked as research assistants on these projects.


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Faculty Research Interests

Education, gender, cross-national research regarding women and higher education, organizations

Selected Publications

Bradley, Karen. Forthcoming. “Globalization and Higher Education.” George Ritzer, ed.Encyclopedia of Globalization. Volume 2. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.

Bradley, Karen and John Richardson. 2010. “The Moral Career of Intelligence: Pedagogical Practices, and Educational Psychology.” Edited volume in honor of the work of Basil Bernstein. Peter Lang, publishers.

Charles, Maria and Karen Bradley. January 2009. “Indulging our Gendered Selves? Sex Segregation by Field of Study in 44 Countries.” American Journal of Sociology. 114(4 January):924-76.

Bradley, Karen. 2006. “Cultural Coexistence: Gender Egalitarianism and Difference in Higher Education.” In David P. Baker and Alexander W. Wiseman, eds. The Impact of Comparative Education Research on Institutional Theory. International Perspectives on Education and Society Series. Elsevier Science Ltd., Oxford, UK.

Charles, Maria and Karen Bradley. 2006. “A Matter of Degrees: Female Underrepresentation in Computer Science Programs Cross-Nationally.” In Joanne McGrath Cohoon and Bill Aspray, eds.Women and Information Technology: Research on the Reasons for Underrepresentation. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Research Interests

  • Cross-national research regarding women and higher education
  • Education
  • Gender
  • Organizations