Jaymes Pyne joined the Gardner Center as a research associate in 2019. He earned his Ph.D. from the Department of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. While there he was also a fellow at both the Interdisciplinary Training Program in the Education Sciences (ITP) and the Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP). Since it began over three years ago, Jaymes was the research assistant for the Madison Education Partnership (MEP), producing several research briefs on four-year-old kindergarten enrollment, 4K effectiveness, elementary and middle school attendance policies, and student engagement in school. Prior to entering graduate school, he was an assistant director at the Center for Educational Partnerships at Grand Valley State University, a school counselor, a youth counselor for adjudicated adolescents, and a substitute teacher in urban, suburban, and rural school districts.
In his scholarly work, Jaymes investigates how social inequalities and institutional policies influence people’s beliefs and actions. His substantive expertise lies in social stratification, sociology of education and social psychology literatures, using a mixture of quantitative methods in advanced regression and experimental designs for his empirical research. His work appears in journals such as Sociology of Education, the Russel Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences, and the Journal of School Psychology.