CWI Seminar

The Center for the Study of Wealth and Inequality (CWI) Seminar Series is sponsored by Columbia University’s Institute for Social and Economic Research Policy (ISERP) and is devoted to the investigation of social and economic inequality.  The Seminar invites speakers from both within and outside of Columbia to present recent papers covering a wide range of topics pertaining to inequality, such as poverty, labor market behavior, education, and the family.  The research topics and methodologies are at the cutting edge of the interdisciplinary study of wealth and inequality, as the CWI Seminar invites speakers from multiple social science disciplines and fields.  Past speakers include Annette Lareau, Adam Gamoran, Timothy Smeeding, Lisa Kahn, Mario Small, Rob Warren and Florencia Torche, among numerous others.

Fall 2022 Seminar Schedule

Talks will be held in person in Knox Hall Room 509 in the Columbia Sociology department. All talk attendees will be required to follow Columbia’s COVID-19 campus policies. Final confirmation of each talk format will be sent via email newsletter the Monday before each talk. 

September 15th: Lauren Valentino, Assistant Professor of Sociology, The Ohio State University, “Deciding What Counts as Discrimination: Cultural Logics of Racism, Sexism, and Classism in the United States”

September 22nd: Michael Vuolo, Associate Professor of Sociology, The Ohio State University, “Do Audit Experiments Reflect Applicant Behavior? Cautions for Calculations of Probabilities of Success”

September 29th: Léa Pessin, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Demography, Pennsylvania State University, “Gender Equality for Whom? The Changing College Education Gradients of The Division of Paid Work and Housework among U.S. Couples, 1968–2019″

October 27th: Ariela Schachter, Associate Professor of Sociology, Washington University in St. Louis, “Inclusive but not Integrative: Ethnoracial Boundaries and the Use of Spanish in the Market for Rental Housing”

November 10th: Jordan Conwell, Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Texas at Austin, “Household Financial Returns to College Quality: Race, Gender, and Social Origins”

December 1st: Laurel Smith-Doerr, Professor of Sociology, University of Massachusetts, Amherst and Mark Pachucki, Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, “Unequal Pandemic Impacts on Productivity: Computational Text Analysis of Faculty COVID-19 Impact Narratives by Gender, Race, Caregiving Status, and Rank”

December 8th: Jennifer Glass, Professor of Sociology, University of Texas at Austin, “Breadwinning Moms: Understanding the Sweeping Changes in Mothers’ Economic Support of Children Across Class and Race”