Webinar: What is the Role for Social Science in Reducing Inequality? Four New Critiques

The recent special collection of Socius: Sociological Research for a Dynamic World began with a question: “If research is to make a difference in reducing inequality… how?”

Offering new perspectives on ways that the social sciences can drive action and address large-scale social change, a new set of commentaries on the special collection outlines potential strategies including remaking research tools, incorporating theory and social-political contexts, learning from scholarship across disciplines and policy areas, and building a social science of radical reform.

In this webinar, we’re joined by special collection authors and commentary writers to consider the state of the field and identify ways for sociology to move from understanding the problem of inequality to illuminating responses.

Introductory Remarks

  • Ryan Light, Associate Professor, Sociology, University of Oregon; co-editor of the open access journal Socius and the Oxford Handbook of Social Networks

Introduction to the Special Collection

  • Brittany N. Fox-Williams, Assistant Professor, Sociology, Lehman College, CUNY
  • Andrew Nalani, Doctoral Candidate in Applied Psychology, NYU Steinhardt

Commentary Presentations and Panel Discussion

  • Adam Gamoran, President, William T. Grant Foundation
  • Prudence Carter, Sarah and Joseph Jr. Dowling Professor of Sociology, Brown University
  • Michelle Jackson, Assistant Professor, Sociology, Stanford University
  • Cecilia Menjívar, the Dorothy L. Meier Chair in Social Equities and Professor of Sociology, UCLA, and President of the American Sociological Association
  • Elizabeth Birr Moje, Dean, George Herbert Mead Collegiate Professor of Education, and Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Literacy, Language, and Culture, School of Education, University of Michigan
  • Herman G. van de Werfhorst, Professor of Sociology, University of Amsterdam, co-director Amsterdam Centre for Inequality Studies, and Incoming Chair of Sociology, European University Institute, Florence, Italy (effective 09/2022)

Also See: Forum: From Understanding Inequality to Reducing Inequality

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