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The Center for the Study of Inequality (CSI) fosters basic and applied research on social and economic inequalities, as well as the processes by which such inequalities change and persist. As the structure of inequality continues to evolve in unpredictable ways, it becomes increasingly important to develop formal models of the sources and causes of inequality, thus moving beyond the conventional applied research that has dominated the field for decades.

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Inequality Discussion Group

Faculty affiliates and graduate students meet biweekly on Mondays to discuss related works in progress.
11:45AM-1:00PM, Uris 360 (CSI Conference Room)
Contact CSI if interested in attending or presenting.
Fall Presentations

June 4-5, 2015

Reducing Inequality in Organizations: What Works? What Doesn't?
ILR Conference Center, NYC

September 17, 2015

Jennifer Silva, Sociology, Bucknell University
Coming Up Short: Working-Class Adulthood in an Age of Uncertainty
1:25-2:40PM, Location TBD
Meets as part of Controversies About Inequality.

September 25, 2015

Sandra Susan Smith, Sociology, University of California-Berkeley
Time and Location TBD
Co-Sponsored by Africana Studies and Research Center

October 2, 2015

Sean Reardon, Poverty and Inequality in Education and Sociology, Stanford University
Time and Location TBD
Co-Sponsored by Cornell Population Center

October 9, 2015

Andrew Papachristos, Sociology, Yale
Time and Location TBD

October 9, 2015

Vida Maralani, Sociology, Yale
Time and Location TBD

October 22, 2015

Laura Hamilton, Sociology, University of California-Merced
Paying for the Party: How College Maintains Inequality
1:25-2:40PM, Location TBD
Meets as part of Controversies About Inequality.

Congratulations Class of 2015!

Congratulations to the 52 seniors who completed the Minor in Inequality Studies and graduated this year!


The minor in Inequality Studies exposes students to inequality through a breadth of approaches, methods, and topics while allowing them to tailor the program to their particular interests. The minor may be completed with any major.

Since the program's inception in 2003, 537 undergraduates from five of Cornell's colleges have earned the Minor in Inequality Studies.

Interested students should complete this enrollment form as soon as they intend to minor in Inequality Studies.

See the FALL 2015 COURSES that satisfy the minor's requirements.

Core Course

Controversies About Inequality
(SOC/DSOC/PAM/ILROB 2220, PHIL 1950, GOVT 2225)

This course is the primary requirement for completion of the Minor in Inequality Studies and is offered each fall.

Overview Course

  • Economic Analysis of the Welfare State (ILRLE 4426 and ECON 3450)
  • Comparative Social Inequalities (DSOC 3700 and SOC 3710)
  • Social Inequality (SOC 2208 and DSOC 2090)
  • Managing Diversity: Policies and Practices (ILROB 6260)
  • Race and Public Policy (PAM 3370 and SOC 3370)
  • Families and Social Inequality (PAM 4470 and SOC 4470)

Four Inequality Electives

See the List of Inequality Electives.


Congratulations Honors Thesis Contest Winners!

Jessica Barragan, Sociology and Government, for "Hispanic Disadvantage in Criminal Jury Trials: A Multi-Method Study of Juror Bias Against Hispanic Defendants in Four Urban Counties"
Zoe Otedola, Sociology, for "The Impact of Aspirations on Educational Attainment."

Charter Day Weekend

The American Dream: Opportunities and Challenges
Now available for online viewing!
See the video!

Seed Grant Awards 2015-2016

CSI provides seed grants to Cornell University graduate students interested in carrying out research on inequality-relevant topics. We are currently accepting applications for 2015-16. Applications are due September 30, 2015. Find out more on the Graduate Studies page.

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