Dr. Alon is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at Tel-Aviv University. Her main research interests include social stratification and mobility. Her current work focuses on discovering the dynamics and historical processes underlying class, gender, and racial-ethnic inequalities in US and Israeli higher education, and the extent to which admission, retention, affirmative action and financial aid policies narrow these inequalities.
She is currently writing a book-length manuscript that evaluates the ability of class-based affirmative action to promote the social and economic mobility of disadvantaged populations and boost diversity at selective postsecondary institutions, as compared with race-based policy. The book draws from within- and between-country comparisons of several prototypes of affirmative action policy.
Dr. Alon has published in leading journals in sociology, education and economics (including American Sociological Review, Social Forces, Work and Occupations, Sociology of Education, Economics of Education Review, Research in Higher Education, and Social Science Research). Her research has been supported by grants from the Spencer Foundation, the American Educational Research Association, the Russell Sage Foundation, the Texas Higher Educational Opportunity Project,andYadHanadiv. She was a visiting fellow at the Russell Sage Foundation, Princeton University, and the University of Wisconsin, Madison.