David B. Grusky is Professor of Sociology at Stanford University, Director of the Center on Poverty & Inequality, the California Welfare Laboratory, and Recession Trends, and coeditor of Pathways Magazine and the Social Inequality Series. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, corecipient of the 2004 Max Weber Award, founder of the Cornell University Center for the Study of Inequality, and a former Presidential Young Investigator (for full CV go here).
His recent books are The Great Recession (with Bruce Western & Chris Wimer, 2011), The New Gilded Age (with Tamar Kricheli-Katz, 2011), The Inequality Puzzle (with Roland Berger, Tobias Raffel, Geoffrey Samuels, & Christopher Wimer, 2010), The Inequality Reader (with Szonja Szelényi, 2011), Social Stratification (with Manwai C. Ku & Szonja Szelényi, 2008), Poverty and Inequality (with Ravi Kanbur, 2006), Mobility and Inequality (with Stephen Morgan & Gary Fields, 2006), Occupational Ghettos (with Maria Charles, 2004), The Declining Significance of Gender? (with Francine Blau & Mary Brinton, 2006), and Inequality: Classic Readings in Race, Class, and Gender (with Szonja Szelényi, 2006). Go here to explore books.
His research examines changes in the amount, type, and sources of inequality. Here are some of the research questions that he’s currently taking on:
- Why has income inequality increased so spectacularly in the last 30 years? Should the takeoff be attributed to market failure and the ever-increasing rent collected at the top of the income distribution? Read more here.
- Is the takeoff in income inequality bringing about a historic reduction in opportunity and social mobility? Is the recession further reducing opportunities to get ahead? Read more here.
- Does contemporary inequality take on the big class form that sociologists have long assumed? Or is most of the structure in contemporary labor markets found at the more detailed occupational level? Read more here.
- Why is gender inequality so intransigent? Are the historic reductions in gender inequality finally stalling out because all the easy gains have been creamed off? Read more here.
- How has the recession affected poverty and inequality? Are the poverty-stricken the main ones losing out? Or is it a full-blown middle class recession too? Read more here.
- How should poverty be measured? Can we develop a new system of poverty indicators that are just as influential as our widely-watched indicators pertaining to employment and unemployment? Read more here.