Past Talks & Events



"Transforming Our Food System for the 21st Century" (October 12, 2023)


"NIMBY vs. YIMBY - Balancing Neighborhood Stability and Dynamism," Ingrid Gould Ellen (November 12, 2019)


"What's the Matter with America's Schools," Robert Hauser (October 15, 2018)

"Hidden Hardship: Energy Insecurity in the United States," Diana Hernández, Columbia University (May 23, 2018)

"Uprooting Capitalism and Democracy for a Just Society," Glen Weyl, Microsoft Research (May 17, 2018)

"Child Support in a Complex-Family Society," Kathryn Edin, Johns Hopkins University, part of A New Social Compact? lecture series (April 24, 2018)

"Building Oligarchy: Assessing the Links Between Economic and Political Inequality in the United States," Paul Pierson, UC Berkeley, part of A New Social Compact? lecture series (March 7, 2018)

"Fireside Chat with with Nobel Peace Prize Winner Kailash Satyarthi," Kailash Satyarthi (February 8, 2018)

"The Making of Mass Incarceration in America," Elizabeth Hinton, Harvard University, cosponsored with the Critical Orientations to Race and Ethnicity and the Approaches to Capitalism workshops (January 18, 2018)

"13th Annual Kieve Lecture," Dolores Huerta, cosponsored with CCSRE (January 11, 2018)


"Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City," Matthew Desmond, Princeton University, part of A New Social Compact? lecture series (November 28, 2017)

"The Power of the Heritage Language in Identity Formation and Engagement," Guadalupe Valdes, Stanford University, cosponsored with the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education (November 29, 2017)

"The Future of Black Metropolis," Mary Pattillo, Northwestern University, cosponsored with Urban Studies (November 1, 2017)

"School Reform in California," Michael Kirst, California State Board of Education, cosponsored with the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education (October 16, 2017)

"Income and Wealth Inequality: Evidence and Policy Implications," Emmanuel Saez, UC Berkeley, part of A New Social Compact? lecture series (October 10, 2017)

"Coming of Age in the Other America," Stefanie DeLuca, Johns Hopkins University, cosponsored with CEPA and Sociology (April 13, 2017)

"MLK's Most Controversial Speech: Beyond Vietnam," cosponsored with the Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute (April 4, 2017)


"Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City," Matthew Desmond, Harvard University, cosponsored with Urban Studies (October 17, 2016)

"Raj Chetty in Conversation with David Grusky on Inequality," Raj Chetty and David Grusky, Stanford University (May 27, 2016)

"Interdisciplinary Seminar on Inequality and Opportunity," Raj Chetty, Stanford University (April 29, 2016)

"The Class Pay Gap in Higher Professional and Managerial Occupations," Sam Friedman, London School of Economics (February 24, 2016)

“The Fluidity of Race: Racial 'Passing' in the United States, 1400-1900,” Nancy Qian, Yale University (February 18, 2016)

"The Inequality Debate We Should Be Having," Xavier Briggs, Ford Foundation, moderated by David Grusky, cosponsored by OpenXChange (January 22, 2016)


“From South to North: Struggles for Land and Housing in Unequal Cities,” Ananya Roy, UCLA, cosponsored by Urban Studies (October 29, 2015)

“How Gender and Class Affect Two Types of Transgressive Sexuality,” Paula England, NYU (June 10, 2015)

“Breaking Down the Myths of Poverty,” Karl Alexander, Johns Hopkins, and Lenora Fulani, All-Stars Project (April 29, 2015)

“Fragmentation of the Family,” Steven Ruggles, University of Minnesota, Population Association of America (February 12, 2015)

American Opportunity Study and Census RDC administrative records research, Catherine Massey, US Census Bureau (January 21, 2015)


“The Patchwork Ecosystem of Local Shopping Streets: Globalization and Gentrification from New York to Shanghai,” Sharon Zukin, Brooklyn College and CUNY Graduate Center, cosponsored by Urban Studies (November 11, 2014)

Paolo Parigi, Stanford University (May 30, 2014)

“Social mobilization of the Youth in Japan: Reassessing the relation between poverty and social activism,” David-Antoine Malinas, Université Paris Diderot (April 18, 2014)

“Millionaire Migration and the Demography of the Elite: Implications for American Tax Policy,” Cristobal Young & Charles Varner, Stanford University (April 11, 2014)

“Getting a Longer Job: Roles of Human and Social Capital,” Jun Kobayashi, Seikei University (January 31, 2014)

Joan Petersilia, Stanford University (January 24, 2014)


“Where Is the Land of Opportunity? The Geography of Intergenerational Mobility in the United States,” Raj Chetty, Harvard University, cosponsored by the Workshop on Poverty, Inequality and Education (November 11, 2013)

Millionaire Migration, Cristobal Young, Stanford University (November 8, 2013)

“Beyond Child Protection: Helping All Families Provide Adequate Parenting,” Michael Wald, Stanford University (October 4, 2013)

California Poverty Measure, Marybeth Mattingly CPI and, Ann O'Leary, Next Generation (October 2, 2013)

“The Returns to College Education: A Reassessment of Heterogeneous Treatment Effects,” Eric Grodsky, Wisconsin (January 25, 2013)


“Building a New Infrastructure for Measuring Segregation,” Robert Mare, UCLA (November 2, 2012)

Medical Spending and Poverty Measure, David Betson, Notre Dame (May 25, 2012)

Tracking Trends in Monitoring Poverty, Kathy Edin, Harvard University (May 4, 2012)

“Female employment and economic cycle: the invisible string of inequality?” Olga Salido, Universidad Complutense de Madrid (April 20, 2012)

“The Dynamics of Race and Inequality: Permeable Boundaries and Self-fulfilling Prophecies,” Aliya Saperstein, Stanford University, part of Berkeley-Stanford seminar (March 14, 2012)

“Tough Times: Inequality, Family Change, and Children's Life Chances,” Frank Furstenberg (March 2, 2012)

“Cultural Misunderstandings in the Global AIDS Enterprise,” Ann Swidler, UC Berkeley, part of Berkeley-Stanford seminar (February 15, 2012)


“Degrees of Difference: Gender Segregation of US Doctorates by Field and Program Prestige,” Kim Weeden, Cornell University, cosponsored by the Clayman Institute (December 6, 2011)

“This Time It’s Different:  The Spread of the Worldwide Financial Crisis 2007-2010,” Neil Fligstein, UC Berkeley, part of Berkeley-Stanford seminar (November 30, 2011)

Frank Dobbin, Harvard University (November 28, 2011) 

“Race, Self-Selection, and the Job Search Process,” Devah Pager (November 7, 2011)

Michael Macy, Cornell University (October 31, 2011)

Steven Brint, UC Riverside (October 10, 2011)

Camille Charles, University of Pennsylvania (October 3, 2011)

“Shades of White: Immigration, the Host Society and the Changing Meaning of Ethnoracial Identity,” Tomás Jiménez, Stanford University, part of Berkeley-Stanford seminar (September 28, 2011)

“The Educational Gradient in Marriage: A Comparison of 25 European Countries,” Matthijs Kalmijn, Tilburg University (May 20, 2011)

Jianwen Wei (April 29, 2011)

“Overwork and the Persistence of Occupational Sex Segregation,” Youngjoo Cha, Indiana (April 22, 2011)

“The Widening Academic Achievement Gap between the Rich and the Poor: New Evidence and Possible Explanations,” Sean Reardon, Stanford University, part of Berkeley-Stanford seminar (April 13, 2011)

“Determined to Succeed. Performance, Choice, and Education,” Michelle Jackson, University of Oxford, Department of Sociology Colloquium (March 11, 2011)

“The Rise and Fall (and Rise and Fall) of Security in America, 1650-2010,” Claude Fischer, UC Berkeley, part of Berkeley-Stanford seminar (March 9, 2011)

“Breaking Down the Wall Between Nature and Nurture: Three Puzzles in Gene by Environment Sociobehavioral Research with Applications to Depression,” Dalton Conley, NYU, Department of Sociology Colloquium (February 18, 2011)

“Shortchanged,” Mariko Chang, cosponsored by the Clayman Institute (February 4, 2011)

“The Cosmopolitan Canopy: Race and Civility in Everyday Life,” Elijah Anderson, Yale University, Department of Sociology Colloquium (January 28, 2011)

"Choosing Homes, Choosing Schools: A Work-in-Progress,” Annette Laureau, University of Pennsylvania, Department of Sociology Colloquium (January 7, 2011)


"‘We Just Clicked’ – Conversational Features of Social Bonding in Romantic Dates,” Daniel A. McFarland, Stanford University, part of Berkeley-Stanford seminar (December 1, 2010)

"Starvation and India's Democracy,” Dan Banik, University of Oslo (November 19, 2010)

"Stratification in Poor Neighborhoods and Why It’s Important,” Martín Sánchez-Jankowski, UC Berkeley, part of Berkeley-Stanford seminar (November 10, 2010)

"Inequality and Attitudes: Individual and Contextual Effects,” Robert Andersen, University of Toronto (October 29, 2010)

"Keeping it Local, Then and Now: Patterned Capital Flows as a Local Constituent of Regulation” Josh Pacewicz, Stanford University (October 22, 2010)

“My People, My People: How Competing Constructions of "Black People" Shape African-American Republican Politics,” Corey Fields, Stanford University (October 8, 2010)

Jesper Sorensen, Stanford University (October 1, 2010)

"Bias in White: A Longitudinal Audit Study of Changes in Discrimination,” Brian Rubineau, Cornell University (May 28, 2010)

Emilio Castilla, MIT (May 20, 2010)

“Aren’t We All Assimilating? Assimilation Processes and the U.S. Host Society,” Tomás Jiménez, Stanford University, part of Berkeley-Stanford seminar (May 4, 2010)

Matissa Hollister, Darthmouth (April 30, 2010)

“The Effects of Messaging Strategies on Support for Anti-Poverty Programs,” Robb Willer, UC Berkeley, part of Berkeley-Stanford seminar (April 13, 2010)

Mario Small, MIT (April 9, 2010)

“Rationing Opportunity at U.S. Colleges and Universities,” Michael Hout, UC Berkeley, part of Berkeley-Stanford seminar (March 2, 2010)

Jaime Rivière (February 26, 2010)

Eva Meyersson Milgrom (February 19, 2010)

"How Gender Inequality Persists in the Modern World,” Cecilia Ridgeway, Stanford University, part of Berkeley-Stanford seminar (Tuesday, February 2, 2010)

Sarah Soule (January 22, 2010)

“Categorical Inequalities in a Permanently Failing System: Immigrants and Barriers to Health Care,” Donald Light, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, part of Berkeley-Stanford seminar (December 1, 2009)