The Poverty and Inequality Report
Racial and Ethnic Inequality

Mark your calendars! The Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality will host our fourth annual State of the Union Conference on June 16th. Come hear the country’s top experts deliver a comprehensive assessment of where the country stands on key poverty and inequality outcomes. This year’s focus: racial and ethnic inequality.

Roster of Experts:

  • Sean Reardon, Professor of Poverty and Inequality in Education and Professor (by courtesy) of Sociology, Stanford University


  • Rucker Johnson, Associate Professor, Goldman School of Public Policy, University of California-Berkeley


  • Matthew Desmond, John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Social Sciences, Harvard University


  • Becky Pettit, Professor of Sociology, University of Texas-Austin
  • Bryan Sykes, Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminology, Law and Society, University of California-Irvine

Income Inequality

  • C. Matthew Snipp, Burnet C. and Mildred Finley Wohlford Professor in the School of Humanities and Sciences, Stanford University
  • Colin Peterson, Ph.D. Candidate in Sociology and Graduate Fellow, Center on Poverty and Inequality, Stanford University
  • Sin Yi Cheung, Reader in Sociology and Director for International and Engagement in the School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University

Labor Markets

  • Michael Hout, Professor of Sociology, New York University


  • Florencia Torche, Professor of Sociology, Stanford University


  • Linda Burton, Dean of the Social Sciences, Duke University
  • Beth Mattingly, Director of Research on Vulnerable Families, Carsey School of Public Policy, University of New Hampshire, and Research Consultant, Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality
  • Juan Pedroza, Ph.D. Candidate in Sociology and Graduate Fellow, Center on Poverty and Inequality, Stanford University
  • Whitney Welsh, Research Scientist, Social Science Research Institute, Duke University

Safety Net

  • Mark Duggan, Trione Director of SIEPR and Wayne and Jodi Cooperman Professor of Economics, Stanford University

Wealth Inequality

  • Thomas Shapiro, Pokross Professor of Law and Social Policy, Brandeis University

For more information about The State of the Union on Poverty and Inequality, read the 20142015, and 2016 reports, or email

Hosted by the Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality and the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research.

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The Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality, a program of the Institute for Research in the Social Sciences, is partly supported by the Corporation for National and Community Service, the Elfenworks Foundation, The James Irvine Foundation, Laura and John Arnold Foundation, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation).

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