Dr. Anthony Jack: "The Privileged Poor"


The Office of Undergraduate Affairs hosted Dr. Anthony Jack on February 11, 2021 for a free virtual event. Dr. Jack spoke about his book, The Privileged Poor, and engaged in conversation and q&a with Vice Provost Pamela Scully and Joy Knowles, ECAS Junior. 

A recording of the event can be viewed until April 11, 2021 by members within the Emory community. Per contract restrictions, we are unable to share the recording outside of Emory. 

The recording of Dr. Anthony Jack's visit can be accessed here 

'The Privileged Poor'

Anthony Jack, sociologist and Assistant Professor of Education at Harvard University, is transforming the way we address diversity and inclusion in education. His new book, The Privileged Poor: How Elite Colleges are Failing Disadvantaged Students, reframes the conversation surrounding poverty and higher education. In it, he explains the paths of two uniquely segregated groups. First, the “privileged poor”: students from low-income, diverse backgrounds who attended elite prep or boarding school before attending college. The second are what Jack calls the “doubly disadvantaged—students who arrive from underprivileged backgrounds without prep or boarding school to soften their college transition. Although both groups come from economically disadvantaged backgrounds, the privileged poor have more cultural capital to navigate and succeedin the college environment and beyond.