Teaching Faculty

Robertson Hall

Sociology Faculty

Sara McLanahan
William S. Tod Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs;  Co-Director, Bendheim-Thoman Center for Research on Child Wellbeing; Director, Joint Degree Program in Social Policy

265 Wallace Hall
Homepage: https://sociology.princeton.edu/people/sara-mclanahan-dr

“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/

Kathryn Edin
Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs: Co-Director, Bendheim-Thoman Center for Research on Child Wellbeing

151 Wallace Hall
Homepage: https://sociology.princeton.edu/people/kathryn-edin

Edin is one of the nation’s leading poverty researchers, working in the domains of welfare and low-wage work, family life, and neighborhood contexts, through direct, in-depth observations of the lives of low-income populations. A qualitative and mixed-method researcher, she has taken on key mysteries about the urban poor that have not been fully answered by quantitative work: How do single mothers possibly survive on welfare? Why don’t more go to work? Why do they end up as single mothers in the first place? Where are the fathers and why do they disengage from their children’s lives? How have the lives of the single mothers changed as a result of welfare reform? The hallmark of her research is her direct, in-depth observations of the lives of low-income women, men, and children.

Edin is a Trustee of the Russell Sage Foundation, was a founding member of the MacArthur Foundation-funded Network on Housing and Families with Young Children and was a past member of the MacArthur Network on the Family and the Economy.  In 2014, she was elected to both the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences. She was elected to the National Academy of Social Insurance in 2017.

Politics Faculty

Tali Mendelberg
John Work Garrett Professor in Politics

210 Fisher Hall
Homepage: https://politics.princeton.edu/people/tali-mendelberg

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.

Psychology Faculty

Susan Fiske
Eugene Higgins Professor of Psychology

2-N-14 Green Hall
Homepage: http://psych.princeton.edu/person/susan-fiske

“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.”

Economics Faculty

Marc Fleurbaey
Robert E. Kuenne Professor in Economics and Humanistic Studies; Professor of Public Affairs and the University Center for Human Values

178 JR Rabinowitz
Homepage: http://wws.princeton.edu/faculty-research/faculty/mfleurba

Marc Fleurbaey is Robert E. Kuenne Professor in Economics and Humanistic Studies, Professor of Public Affairs and the University Center for Human Values. He has been an economist at INSEE (Paris), a professor of economics at the Universities of Cergy-Pontoise and Pau (France), and a research director at the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) in Paris. He has also been a Lachmann Fellow and a visiting professor at the London School of Economics, a research associate at the Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE, Louvain-la-Neuve) and the Institute for Public Economics (IDEP, Marseilles), and a visiting researcher at Oxford. He is a former editor of the journal Economics and Philosophyand as of 2012 is the coordinating editor of Social Choice and Welfare. He is the author of Fairness, Responsibility, and Welfare (2008), a co-author of Beyond GDP (with Didier Blanchet, 2013), A Theory of Fairness and Social Welfare (with François Maniquet, 2011), and the coeditor of several books, including Justice, Political Liberalism, and Utilitarianism: Themes from Harsanyi and Rawls (with Maurice Salles and John Weymark, 2008). His research on normative and public economics and theories of distributive justice has focused in particular on the analysis of equality of opportunity and responsibility-sensitive egalitarianism and on seeking solutions to famous impossibilities of social choice theory.

For more information, visit http://sites.google.com/site/marcfleurbaey/Home.