Forum: From Understanding Inequality to Reducing Inequality

On October 28th, two panels of illustrious scholars participated in a virtual forum, From Understanding Inequality to Reducing Inequality. At the center of this dynamic forum was the Special Collection of Socius: Sociological Research for a Dynamic World, which explores ways for social scientists to move beyond describing and quantifying the problem of inequality and to focus instead on ways to reduce it. Special Collection authors and discussants examined the potential of research to help build and strengthen efforts to address inequality, as well as delineate pathways through which research may lead to large-scale social change.

The forum was co-sponsored by the Institute of Human Development and Social Change (IHDSC), the Stone Center on Socio-Economic Inequality at the City University of New York (CUNY), the Center for Wealth and Inequality, Columbia University, and the William T. Grant Foundation.

Welcoming Remarks:
• Elise Capella, Vice Dean for Research, NYU Steinhardt’s School of Culture, Education, and Human Development.

Introduction to Special Collection:
• Brittany N. Fox-Williams an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Lehman College, CUNY
• Andrew Nalani, Doctoral Candidate in Applied Psychology, NYU Steinhardt

Moderated Panel Discussion: Authors
• Prudence L. Carter, Sarah and Joseph Jr. Dowling Professor of Sociology, Brown University; President-Elect, American Sociological Association
• Thomas DiPrete, Giddings Professor of Sociology, co-director of the Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy, and co-director of the Center for the Study of Wealth and

Inequality at Columbia University
• Brittany N. Fox-Williams, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Lehman College, CUNY
• Adam Gamoran, President, William T. Grant Foundation (moderator)
• Andrew Nalani, Doctoral Candidate in Applied Psychology, NYU Steinhardt
• Hiro Yoshikawa, Courtney Sale Ross Professor of Globalization and Education, NYU Steinhardt

Moderated Panel Discuss: Discussants
• Janet Gornick, James M. and Cathleen D. Stone Distinguished Chair in Socio-Economic Inequality and Director, Stone Center on Socio-Economic Inequality, CUNY
• Nancy Hill, Charles Bigelow Professor of Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education; President, Society for Research in Child Development
• Leslie McCall, Presidential Professor of Sociology and Political Science and Associate Director, Stone Center on Socio-Economic Inequality, CUNY
• Erin Godfrey, Director, Institute of Human Development and Social Change

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