The Center for the Study of Inequality (CSI) serves as the intellectual hub for inequality scholarship and research at Cornell. It supports research and knowledge that is evidence-based and systematic, whether it is “basic” research that develops formal models of the social processes that underpin inequality or “applied” research that assesses the intended or unintended consequences of policies that affect equality of opportunity.
CSI also fosters new and cutting-edge research by training undergraduate and graduate students, encouraging the exchange of ideas among inequality researchers and disseminatation of research findings to a broader public. The center also supports faculty research grants and graduate research funding and regularly sponsors lectures and conferences that feature world-renowned scholars and that draw attention to the most pressing problems and controversies in the field.
In 2016, CSI was honored to have received a 10 million dollar grant from The Atlantic Philanthropies to advance inequality research at Cornell University.