about

fall parade at Beebe Lake, Cornell

fall parade at Beebe Lake, Cornell

I am the Jan Rock ’77 Professor of the Social Sciences at Cornell University, where I also serve as Chair of the Department of Sociology and the Director of the Center for the Study of Inequality. I’m an affiliate of the Cornell Population Center, the Center for the Study of Economy and Society, and the Cornell Institute for Compensation Studies. Previously, I directed the Institute for the Social Sciences at Cornell, co-directed CU-ADVANCE (now the Office of Faculty Development and Diversity) and chaired the Inequality, Poverty, and Mobility section of the ASA.

I’m also a founding editor and one of the current deputy editors of Sociological Science, a non-profit, open access, peer-reviewed journal devoted to advancing rigorous, evidence-based research on general social processes. We’re very proud of our editorial model, which eliminates R&Rs and lengthy review times, brings intellectual exchanges about research out from behind the anonymity of the review process, and offers scholars, journalists, and policy makers immediate and free access to high-quality sociological research.

My own research investigates income inequality, gender, social class, and education. Most of my research is quantitative, and uses large-scale, nationally representative surveys. I also teach courses on inequality, some for the Minor in Inequality Studies. For more details, please see the Research, Manuscripts, or CV pages on this web site.

I live in Ithaca with my husband Jeff, who is a financial writer and homebrewer, and our son Quinn, who is into baseball, tennis, math, and Magic the Gathering (I know, I know …).

People occasionally ask me if I’m a triathlete. I might be, if triathlons didn’t involve running or swimming. Instead, I lift heavy things and put them back down again. Filed under “activities that I like but don’t do often enough” are hiking, biking, skiing, gardening, and otherwise getting outside, often with a camera in hand.

This site is neither hosted nor paid for by Cornell University. Any opinions expressed on these pages are mine alone, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Cornell.