Penn Arts and Sciences

SSPF Summer Institute on Inequality Brings Together Top Students, Major Scholars

A select group of predissertation students from throughout the United States gathered in Philadelphia for the Penn SSPF's first Summer Institute on Inequality. Held from June 17 through June 26, the program furthered SSPF’s mission of fostering policy-relevant scholarship at every stage of development by helping graduate students early in their careers explore key topics and refine their research goals. Students explored cutting-edge qualitative and quantitative research on a variety of topics related to inequality, including poverty, labor force participation, income and wealth disparities, the impact of race and ethnicity, spatial dynamics, educational gaps, and social and economic policies that address inequalities.

Visiting speakers included of the most important social scientists working on inequality today, including demographer Marta Tienda (Princeton), sociologist Sean Reardon (Stanford), incoming ASA president Paula England (NYU), and anthropologist Kathryn Newman (dean at Johns Hopkins).  Visit the summer institute webpage for background on the institute participants and faculty.

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