stanford center on poverty and inequality

News and Opportunities
Commodification and Inequality

The CPI and Cornell University are co-hosting an interdisciplinary conference that explores the connection between rising inequality and the commodification of public goods. Proposals for papers are due by May 15, 2017.
Summer School on Socioeconomic Inequality

Applications are closing soon for HCEO’s summer schools in Moscow and Guangzhou. These summer programs provide a state-of-the-art overview on the study of inequality and human flourishing.
Apply to Work at HHS

The ASPE Office of Human Services Policy has an opening for a position on policy analysis, program analysis, and research addressing the intersection of human services and workforce programming.

America’s Poverty Course
Gaps in Educational Achievement

Oxford University professor Richard Breen asks whether class differences in educational achievement narrowed during the 20th century in this video from our online course on poverty and inequality.

Certificate in Poverty and Inequality
Still deciding on classes for this quarter? Interested in why inequality is rising and poverty is so intransigent? The Stanford Certificate in Poverty and Inequality, which recognizes undergraduates who have completed a rigorous program of study in the field of poverty and inequality, has many qualifying courses on offer this quarter, including the Housing Justice Research Lab (CSRE 99), Using Big Data to Solve Economic and Social Problems (ECON 45), Business and Public Policy Perspectives on U.S. Inequality (MGTECON 327), The Politics of Inequality (POLISCI 147P), Race and Crime (PSYCH 150), Poverty, Inequality, and Social Policy in the United States (SOC 135), and many more. A full list of courses is available here.

Talks and Events
A Radical Proposal for a Free Society and a Sane Economy

University of Louvain professor Philippe Van Parijs compares the idea of a basic income with rival ideas for guarding against poverty and unemployment. 

Wednesday April 12, Cubberley Auditorium, 5:30pm
Coming of Age in the Other America

Johns Hopkins University professor Stefanie DeLuca examines how some disadvantaged urban youth achieve upward mobility despite overwhelming odds.

Thursday, April 13, CERAS Learning Hall, 3pm
Cradle to Kindergarten: A New Plan to Combat Inequality

New York University senior fellow Ajay Chaudry lays out the case for a comprehensive reimagining of America’s early childhood policies.

Tuesday, April 18, CERAS Learning Hall, 3pm
Jim Crow, Ethnic Economies, and Status Attainment

Duke University professor Martin Ruef examines trends in occupational mobility among U.S. blacks between 1880 and 1940.

Wednesday, April 19, 505 Lasuen Mall, Barnum Hub, 12pm
Musical Urbanism in Los Angeles and San Francisco

University of Southern California professor Josh Kun explores how a city’s music reveals histories of marginalization, displacement, cultural change, and community place-making.

Wednesday, April 19, Margaret Jacks Hall, Terrace Room, 12pm
Urban Marginality After Mass Incarceration

San Jose State University professor Alessandro De Giorgi draws on a study of ex-prisoners in Oakland to explore the cycle of incarceration and reentry.

Thursday, April 20, location TBA, 12:45pm
Policy Forum on Crime, Policing, and Incarceration

Leading experts from business, policy, and academia discuss how to rethink our criminal justice system.

Friday, April 21, SIEPR Gunn Building, Koret-Taube Conference Center, 11:15am
Criminal Justice in the Age of Big Data

Stanford professor Sharad Goel describes recent applications of algorithms in criminal justice and considers the technical, ethical, and legal issues. 

Thursday, May 4, location TBA, 7:30pm
Crime and Punishment in Black America

Drawing on his experience as a public defender, Yale University professor James Forman Jr. considers how the U.S. criminal justice system became so punitive.

Tuesday, May 9, Paul Brest Hall, 5pm
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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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