It’s a special moment in U.S. history in which income inequality has reached unprecedented levels, poverty remains extreme, and racial and gender inequalities are intransigent. Why is there so much inequality and poverty? How might they be reduced? Find out from the country’s top scholars in “America’s course” on poverty and inequality.
What makes this course different?
Comprehensive: Features the 40 key research results that underlie our country’s policy and its new science of poverty and inequality.
Up-to-date: Highlights the most recent findings and results on poverty and inequality.
Scholar-direct delivery: The country’s leading scholars present their own research.
Quick: Each video is short (approximately 5 minutes) and jargon-free.
Modular: The course is divided into 8 standalone modules.
Easy to follow: Each module is introduced and explained by David B. Grusky, the director of the Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality, and Lindsay Owens, Stanford University Ph.D. and Economic Policy Advisor in the office of Senator Elizabeth Warren.
Excellent readings: Each video is paired with readings that elaborate the videos.
Accessible: It's free, open to the public, and without any prerequisites.
The Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality is a program of the Institute for Research in the Social Sciences. Funding for this course was provided by the American Sociological Association, the Stanford University Institute for Research in the Social Sciences, the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation), and the Elfenworks Foundation. The views expressed in the videos and accompanying materials do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.