Past Speakers

In past years, CWI has welcomed the following speakers to present at our seminar series:

Spring 2021

January 28: Laura Doering, Assistant Professor of Strategic Management at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, “Time and Punishment: How Individuals Respond to Being Sanctioned in Voluntary Associations” 

February 4: Valentina Di Stasio, Assistant Professor at the Department of Interdisciplinary Social Science and the European Research Centre on Migration and Ethnic Relations at Utrecht University, “Discrimination of Muslims in European Labour Markets: Evidence from Cross-National Field Experiments” 

February 11: Sean Reardon, Professor of Poverty and Inequality in Education, Stanford University, “Educational Opportunity in America: Evidence from Full Population Data” 

February 25: Graduate Student Panel: Featuring Kate Khanna, Florencio Portocarrero, and Bonnie Siegler

March 11:Lucinda Platt, Professor of Social Policy and Sociology in the Department of Social Policy at LSE, “Are UK Immigrants Selected on Education, Skills, Health and Social Networks?” 

April 1: Graduate Student Panel: Featuring Estela Diaz, Flavien Ganter, and Mohammad Salhut

April 8: Koji Chavez, Assistant Professor of Sociology at Indiana University Bloomington, “Has Gender and Racial Discrimination Changed During the COVID-19 Pandemic?”

April 15: Daniel Schneider, Professor of Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School, “Essential and Unprotected: Service Sector Work in a time of COVID-19”


Fall 2020 In Fall 2020, we convened virtually, and highlighted work from graduate students. 

Thursday, October 22nd – Jordan BrensingerPh.D. Student, Columbia Sociology Department,  “Personal Data and the Production of Economic Insecurity” 

Thursday, October 29th – Joanna DresselPh.D. Student, The Graduate Center at CUNY Sociology Department, “The Startup City – Startup Ecosystems as Urban Economic Development Strategy in Buffalo and Brooklyn, NY”

Thursday, November 5th at 12pm – Benjamin ElbersPh.D. Student, Columbia Sociology Department, “Explaining Change in Residential Racial Segregation: A Demographic Decomposition Approach”

Thursday, November 12th – James T. CarterPh.D. Student, Columbia Business School, What’s the Value of Talking the Talk: Consequences of (In)Consistency between Social Claims and Actions on Stakeholder Perceptions” 

Thursday, November 19th – Tiffany HuangPh.D. Student, Columbia Sociology Department,  Authenticity and the Translation of Cultural Capital in the College Admissions Process” 

Thursday, December 3rd- Sandra PortocarreroPh.D. Student, Columbia Sociology Department,  “How Ambiguity around Diversity and Inclusion turned Pride into Shame.”

Spring 2020

January 30, 2020 –  Steven Greenhouse, Author and Former New York Times Journalist, “The Decline of Worker Power: How It Skews Our Economy and Democracy (and How We Might Fix It)”

February 6, 2020 –  Michael Gaddis (UCLA), “Stigma and the Power of Credential Signaling: Field and Survey Experiments on Associate Degrees and Certificates”

Monday, February 10, 2020 from 12-1:30pm – Wendy Roth (U Penn) , Bridging Ties through Genetic Testing? The Effect of Genetic Ancestry Testing on Network Racial Diversity”, Co-sponsored with REM Workshop 

February 13, 2020 – Erin Cech (University of Michigan), “The Passion Principle: How the Search for Self-Expression and Fulfillment in Careers Reproduces Inequality” 

February 27, 2020 – Kate Weisshaar (University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill), “An Imperfect Match? Variation in Gender and Racial Discrimination by Skills and Relative Qualification”

Fall 2019

September 19, 2019, Florencia Torche, “The Normativity of Marriage and the Marriage Premium for Children’s Outcomes”, (Dept. of Sociology, Stanford University)

September 26, 2019, Frank Dobbin, “Faculty Diversity Programs: Best Practices and Worst”, (Dept. of Sociology, Harvard University)

October 10, 2019, Venkat Venkatasubramanian, “How Much Income Inequality is Fair? Surprising Insights from Statistical Mechanics and Game Theory” (Dept. of Chemical Engineering, Columbia University)

October 24, 2019, Sandra Black, “Poor Little Rich Kids? The Role of Nature versus Nurture in Wealth and Other Economic Outcomes and Behaviors”, (Dept. of Economics, Columbia University)

October 31, 2019, Eric Knowles  (Dept. of Psychology, NYU) and Monica McDermott, “Class Identities and Attitudes Towards Immigration and Race among Working-Class Whites” (Dept. of Sociology, Arizona State University)

November 7, 2019,  Onoso Imoagene, “Seed and Emotional Remittances: Two Forms of Bidirectional Remittances” (Dept. of Sociology, NYU – Abu Dhabi)

November 14, 2019,  Lars Osberg, “Could “Equality of Opportunity” among Commoners Suffice?”  (Dept. of Economics, Dalhousie University)

November 21, 2019,  Yao Lu  (Dept. of Sociology, Columbia University)

Spring 2019

Edwin Amenta (UCI), Frederick Wherry (Princeton), Tak Wing Chan (University College, London), Lingxin Hao (Johns Hopkins), Kimberlee Shauman (UC Davis), Steven Alvarado (Cornell), Amelie Quesnel-Vallee (McGill), Leslie McCall (CUNY)

Fall 2018

Michael Jacobson (CUNY), Ameed Saabneh (University of Haifa), Barry Eidlin (McGill), Tonya Brito (University of Wisconsin), Alair Maclean (Washington State University), Kieron Barclay (Max Planck Center for Demography), Matthew Hall (University of Washington), Jennifer Heerwig (Stony Brook University), Matthias Thiemann (Sciences Po)

Spring 2018

Guillermina Jasso (NYU), Ken Hou Lin (UT Austin), Pat Sharkey and Gerard Torrats-Espinosa (NYU), Ted Mouw (UNC-Chapel Hill), Anna Haskins (Cornell), David Pedulla (Stanford), Claudia Buchmann (OSU), Hyunjoon Park (U Penn)

Fall 2017

Rajashri Chakrabarti (NY Fed Reserve Bank), Christian Moser (Columbia), Amy Hsin (CUNY), Nathan Kelly (Univ. of Tennessee), Brian Powell (University of Indiana), Paula England (NYU), Joshua Cowen (Michigan State University), Siwei Cheng (NYU)

Spring 2017

Herman van de Werfhorst (University of Amsterdam), Katrin Auspurg (University of Munich), Mitch Duneier (Princeton), Greg Duncan (University of California Irvine), Cecilia Ridgeway (Stanford), Alexes Harris (University of Washington), Ann Owens (USC)

Fall 2016

Paige Skiba (Vanderbilt), Sarah Bruch (University of Iowa), Xi Song (University of Chicago), Paola Guiliano (UCLA), Geoffrey Wodtke (University of Toronto), Cynthia Feliciano (University of California, Irvine), Tamar Kricheli-Katz (Tel Aviv University), Arne Kalleberg (UNC-Chapel Hill)