Sonja Ardoin


Sonja Ardoin is a learner, educator, facilitator, and author. She originates from "Cajun country" - the small, rural community of Vidrine, LA specifically - and is proud of her first generation college student to Ph.D. educational journey, with degrees from LSU, Florida State, and NC State. A self-described scholar-practitioner, Sonja made the move from full-time administrator to full-time faculty member in 2015 and currently serves as assistant professor of student affairs administration at Appalachian State University. Her career path includes experience in student activities, leadership development, community engagement, fraternity and sorority life, student conduct, and academic advising. Sonja studies social class identity in higher education; college access and success for first generation college students and students from rural areas; student and women’s leadership; and professional preparation and career pathways in higher education and student affairs. She stays engaged in the higher education field through presenting, facilitating, and volunteering with national organizations such as ASHE, NASPA, ACPA, LeaderShape, Zeta Tau Alpha, Delta Gamma, and Peer Forward and reviewing for several journals. Sonja is also a contributor to the NASPA Center for First-generation Student Success advocacy group, the NASPA Socioeconomic and Class Issues in Higher Education Knowledge Community, and the AFLV Board of Directors. Learn more about Sonja at

Author's Books

Straddling Class in the Academy

26 Stories of Students, Administrators, and Faculty From Poor and Working-Class Backgrounds and Their Compelling Lessons for Higher Education Policy and Practice

E-Book (ePub)