Past Speakers

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

Fall 2023

Courtney Boen, Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Pennsylvania, The Scars of Legal Violence: Local immigration enforcement, state immigrant policy, and health inequality

Linsey Edwards, Assistant Professor of Sociology, New York University, Labor Market Disparities in Context: Race, Recession, and the Role of Low Work Hours

Sanyu Mojola, Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs, Maurice P. During Professor of Demographic Studies, Director of the Office of Population Research; Princeton University, Death by Design: Producing Racial Health Inequality in the Shadow of the Capitol

Amanda Geller, Associate Professor of Criminology, Law, and Society; University of California, Irvine, Aggressive Policing as an Individual and Environmental Social Determinant of Health among Urban Adolescents

Blair Sackett, Postdoctoral Fellow in International and Public Affairs, Brown University; and Annette Lareau, Professor Emerita of Sociology, University of Pennsylvania, We Thought It Would be Heaven: Refugees in an Unequal America

Sam Trejo, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Princeton University, ‘They have Black in their blood’: Exploring how genetic ancestry tests affect racial appraisals and classifications

Natasha Warikoo, Lenore Stern Professor in the Social Sciences, Department of Sociology, Tufts University, Race at the Top: Asian Americans and Whites in Pursuit of the American Dream in Suburban Schools

Chantal Hailey, Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Texas at Austin, Racialized-Gendered Vulnerability: A QuantCrit Analysis of Black Families’ School Choices

Rachel Dwyer, Professor of Sociology, The Ohio State University, Credit, Debt, and Inequality in the United States

Spring 2023

Doug Downey, Professor of Sociology, The Ohio State University, “How Does Schooling Affect Inequality in Cognitive Skills? The View from Seasonal Comparison Research”

Pilar Gonalons-Pons, Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Pennsylvania, “The Care Work System. Changes and Continuities in the Provision of Care”

Michael Walker, Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, “Organizational Patterns of Sleep Hygiene in Jail

Kendra Bischoff, Associate Professor of Sociology, Cornell University, “Demographic Divergence and Local School Funding, 1990-2015”

Natasha Quadlin, Associate Professor of Sociology, University of California, Los Angeles, “Title TBA”

Ellen Berrey, Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Toronto and Alex Hanna, Director of Research at the Distributed AI Research Institute (DAIR), “Trends in Higher Education Protest and University and Police Responses in the U.S. and Canada, 2012-2018”

Fall 2022

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”

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

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″

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”

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

Mark Pachucki, Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Laurel Smith-Doerr, Professor of Sociology, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and Ethel Mickey, Assistant Professor of Sociology at California State University, San Bernardino “Centering Equity during Acute Crisis: Analyzing Disparities in COVID-19 Impacts by Faculty Rank, Gender, Race, and Caregiving Status”

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”

Spring 2022

January 20th: Sylvia Fuller, Professor of Sociology, University of British Columbia, “Women managers and the gender wage gap: workgroup gender composition matters”

February 3rd: Carrie Shandra, Associate Professor of Sociology, SUNY Stonybrook, “Between School and Work: Supply and Demand in the Internship Market”

February 1oth: Emily Rauscher, Associate Professor of Sociology, Brown University, “Variation in the Relationship between School Spending and Achievement: Progressive Spending Is Efficient”

February 17th: Marissa Thompson, IES Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Michigan, “Experimental Evidence on Parental Preferences for School Segregation”

February 24th: Sarah Thébaud, Associate Professor of Sociology, UC Santa Barbara, The Content of Prescriptive and Proscriptive Gender Stereotypes in America: Stability, Change, and Implications for Inequality

March 3rd: Sasha Killewald, Professor of Sociology, Harvard University, “Have Changing Family Demographics Narrowed the Gender Wage Gap?”

March 31st: Sarah Lageson, Associate Professor, School of Criminal Justice, Rutgers University, “Criminal Records as Personal Data: Stigma, Surveillance, and Digital Punishment in the Data Brokerage Industry”

April 14th: Ashton Verdery, Associate Professor of Sociology and Demography, Penn State University

April 21st: Jessi Streib, Associate Professor of Sociology, Duke University, The Luckocracy: How Working Class and Middle Class College Graduates Receive Equal Pay

April 28th: Tyson Brown, Associate Professor of Sociology, Duke University, “Structural Racism and Health Stratification in the U.S.: Connecting Theory to Measurement”

Fall 2021

September 30th: Xiang Zhou, Associate Professor of Sociology, Harvard University, “Higher Education and the Black-White Earnings Gap”

October 21st: Matthias Thiemann, Associate Professor, European Public Policy, Sciences Po,  “The Relationship of State and Finance after the Financial Crisis: Housing Booms, Wealth Effects and the Impotency of Macro-prudential Regulation” 

Spring 2021

January 28th: 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 4th: 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 11th: Sean Reardon, Professor of Poverty and Inequality in Education, Stanford University, “Educational Opportunity in America: Evidence from Full Population Data” 

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

March 11th: 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 1st: Graduate Student Panel: Featuring Estela Diaz, Flavien Ganter, and Mohammad Salhut

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

April 15th: 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. 

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

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”

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

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” 

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

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

Spring 2020

January 30th:  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 6th:  Michael Gaddis, UCLA, “Stigma and the Power of Credential Signaling: Field and Survey Experiments on Associate Degrees and Certificates”

February 10th: 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 13th: Erin Cech, University of Michigan, “The Passion Principle: How the Search for Self-Expression and Fulfillment in Careers Reproduces Inequality” 

February 27th: 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 19th: Florencia Torche, Dept. of Sociology, Stanford University, “The Normativity of Marriage and the Marriage Premium for Children’s Outcomes”

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

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

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

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

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

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

November 21st: 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)