Inequality

 

The cluster on inequality brings together work in a variety of fields -- on health, education, incomes, housing, families, organizations and meaning making in the United States and beyond. Joined by an interest in the stratifying effects of institutions, culture, political power and history, the Harvard research program exerts a large influence on the sociological analysis of social and economic inequality. In many cases Harvard faculty have set the terms of debates on race and class inequality, and trends in poverty and inequality in the United States over the last half century. Through its connections to the Inequality and Social Policy program, and the Kennedy School, faculty have also been vitally involved in expanding opportunity and improving welfare for the most disadvantaged in American society.

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News related to Inequality

Christina Ciocca Eller

Faculty Spotlight: Considering the Impacts of COVID-19 on Higher Education Inequality in the United States

June 1, 2020

Amid the unprecedented disruption of COVID-19, the 2019-2020 academic year has come to a close for most college and university students in the United States. Yet many are asking: now what? Higher education leaders are offering some answers, speaking to immediate concerns like whether teaching and learning will take place on colleges campuses come the fall, how financial arrangements will be handled, and what scaled-up virtual learning might look like.

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Ellis Monk

Faculty Spotlight: More Than Just Race: Skin Tone and the Criminal Justice System

April 1, 2020

For many decades now social scientists have shown how, in so many ways, one's ethnoracial background is associated with a whole host of important outcomes from educational attainment to labor market outcomes to health.  Many studies also provide compelling evidence of ethnoracial disparities in the criminal justice system – the probability of being arrested, incarcerated, and even the length of criminal sentences.  ... Read more about Faculty Spotlight: More Than Just Race: Skin Tone and the Criminal Justice System

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