Social Inequality & Mobility Overview

Coordinator: Philip Cohen   |  (301) 405-7706   |  pnc@umd.edu

Stratification at the University of Maryland is grounded in the classical sociological theories, but goes beyond the original writings to contemporary theory and research. Our program includes special attention to questions about intersectionality in stratification systems, especially as they involve institutional, organizational and labor market dynamics, immigration and residential segregation. In addition, we offer a focus on the macro economy at the national and global levels.

Faculty Interests

The principal faculty active in the area include:

  • Philip Cohen: Writes the blog Family Inequality and is the author of The Family: Diversity, Inequality and Social Change.
  • Patricia Hill Collins: Author of Black Feminist Thought and Black Sexual Politics: African Americans, Gender, and the New Racism.
  • William Falk: Author of Rooted in Place: Family and Belonging in a Southern Black Community.
  • Meredith Kleykamp: Author of articles on labor market issues and discrimination against military veterans and organized labor.
  • Roberto Patricio Korzeniewicz: Co-author of Unveiling Inequality: A World-Historical Perspective.
  • Kris Marsh: Author of articles on the black middle class, educational attainment and racial identification, and health disparities.
  • Alan Neustadtl: Co-author of Money Talks and Dollars and Votes
  • Julie Park: Author of articles on the adaptation process of immigrants, including intergenerational mobility and residential segregation.
  • Christina Prell: Author of Social Network Analysis: Methodology, Theory, and Practice.
  • Rashawn Ray: Editor of Race and Ethnic Relations in the Twenty-First Century: History, Theory, Institutions, and Policy.
  • Reeve Vanneman: Co-author of The American Perception of Class, and Gender Inequality at Work.

Graduate Student Research Opportunities and Employment

Students are encouraged to present papers at meetings and to become involved in faculty research. Currently a number of students are collaborating with faculty in ongoing research projects. A wide variety of datasets are also available for student use. Students past and present have published journal articles individually and in collaboration while in the graduate program.

Recent graduates with training in Stratification have accepted employment at such schools as University of California-Irvine, State University of New York-Stony Brook, The University of Utah, Tulane University, Union College, the University of Missouri-Columbia, and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.