William S. Tod Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs; Co-Director, Bendheim-Thoman Center for Research on Child Wellbeing; Co-Director, Joint Degree Program in Social Policy
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“I am interested in how families shape children's life chances and the extent to which family structure and stability are both a cause and a consequence of income inequality and racial and ethnic disparities. We now know that cognitive and socio-emotional skills developed in early childhood have lasting consequences for adult wellbeing. We also know that no institution is more important than the family for developing these skills.
“Yet family patterns have changed dramatically during the past several decades in ways that have widened the gap between children born to parents with high school degrees and children born to parents with college degrees. Specifically, whereas college-educated parents are delaying childbearing and forming stable marriages, parents with only high school degrees are increasingly having children before they have established a stable union.
“To learn more about the processes underlying the growing disparities in family formation, my colleagues and I have been following a birth cohort of approximately 5,000 parents and their children born between 1998 and 2000. Our study of Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing has led to more than 300 papers on topics ranging from childhood obesity to fathers’ incarceration and immigrant families.”
For more information about the study and the findings, go to http://www.fragilefamilies.princeton.edu/
Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs: Co-Director, Bendheim-Thoman Center for Research on Child Wellbeing, Co-Director, Joint Degree Program in Social Policy
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159 Wallace Hall
Jennifer Jennings studies racial, socioeconomic, and gender disparities in educational and health outcomes. A Princeton alumna who majored in the Woodrow Wilson School and received a certificate in Teacher Prep., she returned to Princeton in 2017 as faculty in the Department of Sociology and the Woodrow Wilson School. She recieved a Ph.D. in Sociology from Columbia University and served on the faculty at New York University.
John Work Garrett Professor in Politics
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Tali Mendelberg is also the director of the Program on Inequality at the Mamdouha S. Bobst Center for Peace and Justice.
Her book, The Race Card: Campaign Strategy, Implicit Messages, and teh Norm of Equality (Princeton University Press, 2001), won the American Political Science Association's Woodrow Wilson Foundation Award for "the best book published in the United States during the prior year on government, politics, or international affairs."
Her work has been supported by grants and fellowships from the Russell Sage Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the University of Pennsylvania, Harvard University, the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Princeton University Center for Human Values, and The Mamdouha S. Bobst Center for Peace and Justice. In 2018 she was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She holds a PhD from the University of Michigan. Her areas of specialization are political communication; gender; race; class; public opinion; political psychology; and experimental methods.
Assistant professor of Politics and International Affairs
Andreas Wiedemann is an Assistant Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University and the Woodrow Wilson School. He studies the comparative political economy of advanced democracies, focusing on financial markets, wealth inequality, and social policies. His research combines large panel and administrative datasets with statistical and experimental methods. In his book manuscript, he explores the political causes and consequences of household debt, showing how the interaction of welfare states and credit regimes shapes patterns of indebtedness across OECD countries. In other ongoing projects, he studies the political determinants of credit market expansion, the effects of wealth in general and debt in particular on economic insecurity, and the consequences of rising indebtedness on electoral behavior and political attitudes toward redistribution and the welfare state. The book is based on his dissertation, which has won the 2019 Gabriel A. Almond and the Ernst B. Haas dissertation awards from the American Political Science Association. Wiedemann’s work has been supported by the John Fell Fund, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, the Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy, and the Krupp Foundation and the Center for European Studies at Harvard University, among others. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science from MIT in 2018.
Eugene Higgins Professor of Psychology
“Our lab explores how power and competition create biases against out-groups. We work on research that includes a variety of levels: neural patterns, interpersonal interactions, societal stereotypes and cultural comparisons. For example, we have studied how stereotyping, prejudice and discrimination are encouraged or discouraged by social relationships such as cooperation, competition and status.
“People easily categorize others, especially based on race, gender and age. Going beyond categorical prejudices—to learn about the individual person—requires motivation. Social relationships supply one form of motivation to individuate, and our work shows that being on the same team or depending on another person helps people go beyond stereotypes.
“Conversely, people in power are less motivated to go beyond their stereotypes. Our laboratory examines how a variety of relationships affect people forming impressions of others. Society's cultural stereotypes and prejudices also depend on relationships of power and interdependence. Group status and competition affect how groups are disliked and disrespected.
“From survey evidence, we analyze the content of group stereotypes based on race, gender, age, disability and income, the micro building blocks of institutional inequality.”
Robert E. Kuenne Professor in Economics and Humanistic Studies; Professor of Public Affairs and the University Center for Human Values
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