Irina Chukhray

Irina Chukhray Portrait

Position Title
PhD Candidate



  • MA in Sociology, Rice University
  • PhD Candidate in Sociology, UC Davis


Irina Chukhray is a PhD candidate in the Sociology Department at the University of California, Davis. Her research focuses on 1.5-generation immigrant youth and college-going (mixed methods).

Prior to UC Davis, she earned her Master's degree in Sociology at Rice University. She worked as a Research Analyst for the Houston Education Research Consortium (HERC, directed by Dr. Ruth Lopez Turley), with the Kinder Urban Institute at Rice University, and later she was the Program Manager for an international collaborative study with OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development).


Professional Positions


  • Visiting Scholar. Sociology Department. University of Pennsylvania.

2018 - 2019

  • Program Manager. OECD: Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.



2022 – 2023

  • Gardner Fellow. Center for Studies in Higher Education (CSHE). Univ. of CA, Berkeley.
  • Penn-Birmingham Transatlantic Migration Fellow. Univ. of Pennsylvania & Univ. of Birmingham (UK).
  • Graduate Research Mentorship Fellow (stipend & tuition, plus research funds). Univ. of CA, Davis.

2021 2022

  • Penn Migration Initiative (PMI) Fellow. University of Pennsylvania.

2020 – 2021

  • Immigration Initiative at Harvard (IIH) Fellow. Harvard University.


Holzman, Brian, Esmeralda Sanchez Salazar, and Irina Chukhray. 2020. “Inequalities in Postsecondary Attainment by English Learner Status: The Role of College-Level Course-Taking.” Research Brief for the Houston Education Research Consortium 9(2).

Chukhray, Irina, Brian Holzman, Nehemiah Ankoor, DongMei Li. 2019. “Finishing What My Parents Started: College Aspirations among EMERGE students.” Research Brief for the Houston Education Research Consortium 8(3)

Chukhray, Irina. 2018. “Modern Abolitionist Struggle.” Introduction to Virtual Issue of Social Problems journal and selection of articles for the issue


Social Problems

Education and Inequality


2023. Honorable Mention. Mayhew Award. Graduate Student Paper. University of California, Davis.

2022. Audrey Schwartz Service to SEA Award. Sociology of Education Association conference.

2022. Honorable Mention. Graduate Student Paper Award. Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP) - Educational Problems section.