William S. Tod Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs, Director, Center for Research on Child Well-Being, Co-Director, Joint Degree Program in Social Policy
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 widen the gap between children born to parents with a high school degree and children born to parents with a college degree. Specifically, whereas college educated parents are delaying childbearing and forming stable marriages, parents with only a high school degree 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 5000 parents and their children born between 1998 and 2000. Our study of Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing has led to over 300 papers on topics ranging from childhood obesity to fathers’ incarceration and immigrant families. For more information about the study and the findings, click on http://www.fragilefamilies.princeton.edu/
Professor of Sociology, Co-Director, Joint Degree Program in Social Policy
My research and teaching focus on institutions affecting racial stratification, including education, labor markets, and the criminal justice system. My current research centers on three main questions related to: the growth of incarceration and its consequences for inmates and ex-offenders; the dynamics of racial and ethnic inequalities in the labor markets; and methodological work related to the study of discrimination. Some of my work has used field experiments to study discrimination against minorities and ex-offenders in the low-wage labor market. Recent publications include, "Discrimination in a Low Wage Labor Market: A Field Experiment" (American Sociological Review, 2009), Marked: Race, Crime, and Finding Work in an Era of Mass Incarceration (University of Chicago Press 2007), “The Mark of a Criminal Record,” (American Journal of Sociology, 2003), and “Black Neighbors, Higher Crime? The Role of Racial Stereotypes in Evaluations of Neighborhood Crime,” (American Journal of Sociology, 2001). For copies of these and other papers, visit my website at http://www.princeton.edu/~pager/publications.htm
Assistant Professor of Politics and International Affairs Department of Politics and Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs
Daniela Campello received her PhD from the University of California Los Angeles. She is broadly interested in international and comparative political economy, and her research focuses on the political consequences of financial globalization, with a particular concern for middle-income countries. Her recent and forthcoming work can be found in the Oxford Handbook of Latin American Political Economy, and in edited volumes published in the US, Spain and Uruguay. She is currently completing a book manuscript that explores the mechanisms through which the integration of financial markets has affected democratic accountability and prospects of income redistribution in developing countries. The manuscript examines patterns of financial investors' response to national elections, and investigates the political and economic conditions under which these responses constrain governments' capacity to advance a left-wing agenda.
Prior to entering academic life, Daniela served as a financial market analyst in one of Brazil's largest investment banks, and later worked for the Rio de Janeiro state government, where she managed projects funded by international agencies such as the Worldbank, IADB and JICA.
Assistant Professor of Politics and Public and International Affairs, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs
My research focuses on the causes and consequences of ethnic diversity in advanced democracies. In my book “Immigration and Conflict in Europe” (Cambridge University Press, 2010), I explain when and why we witness variation in confrontations between immigrants and natives and in conflict between immigrants and state actors across countries, cities, and immigrant groups in Europe over the past half century. I have also conducted research on the political consequences of immigrant naturalization across Europe; on the political preferences and voting behaviors of immigrant groups; on the determinants of political representation of Muslims in the UK; on attitudes about immigration, and on hate crime. At Princeton, I have taught courses on immigration, ethnic conflict, and research design.
Susan Dod Brown Professor of Politics and Public Affairs; Associate Dean, Woodrow Wilson School
My most recent book, Polarized America: The Dance of Ideology and Unequal Riches considers the consequences of growing income inequality for political participation and public opinion. Wealth disparity, immigration, and other social forces, have created a pattern of give and take, back and forth causality. Polarization and income inequality fell in tandem from 1913 to 1957, then rose together dramatically from 1977 onward. Republicans moved right, away from redistributive policies that would reduce income inequality. At the same time, immigration facilitated the move to the right: non-citizens, representing an increasingly larger share of the population and disproportionately poor cannot vote; thus, there is less political pressure from the bottom for redistribution than there is from the top against it. In "the choreography of American politics" inequality feeds directly into political polarization, and polarization in turn creates policies that further increase inequality.
Professor of Politics and Public Affairs Director, Research Program in Political Economy
Office: 306 Robertson Hall
His research explores the interaction of the market and nonmarket forces that influence the allocation of economic resources. He taught at Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Western Ontario, and has been a visiting scholar at the Federal Trade Commission, Stanford University, and the Institute for Advanced Study, and a fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences. His work on the politics and economics of local governments’ taxation and spending behavior was awarded the Duncan Black Prize of the Public Choice Society. Other work has dealt with land use regulation, campaign finance, the savings and loan debacle of the 1980s, and the political economy of redistribution. His current projects focus on the political economy of federalism. He has served on the advisory panels of the National Science Foundation and on the editorial boards of the American Economic Review and Public Choice. Ph.D. Yale University.
Dorman T. Warren Professor of Psychology. Professor of Psychology and Public Affairs.
Office: 2-S-11 Green Hall
My research involves the study of decisions and actions that have moral components or implications, particularly those moral decisions implicated in the decision to punish another for a transgression. I explore relationships between legal codes and the moral institutions of the community, and what happens when these two analyses are in conflict. Along the same lines, I have an interest in interpersonal power and how it plays out in social interactions.
Eugene Higgins Professor of Psychology
Office: 2-N-14 Green Hall
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 prejudice 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.
Lecturer in Public and International Affairs
Alicia Adsera's interests are in economic demography, development and international political economy. Alicia is an associate research scholar and lecturer at Woodrow Wilson School. Her recent work focuses on how differences in local labor market institutions and economic conditions are related to fertility and household formation decisions in OECD (and most recently Latin American) countries. She is also interested in differential labor market attachment and performance of migrants across European countries. Before coming to Princeton, she was a tenured Associate Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago and a Research Affiliate at the Population Research Center of the University of Chicago. She has previously taught at Ohio State University and Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona. She has received fellowships from the University of Chicago-NICHD and Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, among others. Her work has been published in the American Economic Review P&P, Journal of Population Economics, Population Studies, Journal of Law Economics and Organization, and International Organization among others. Ph.D. Boston University.
Henry Putnam Professor of Economics and Public Affairs, Woodrow Wilson School. Director, Center for Health and Wellbeing
Janet Currie is the Henry Putnam Professor of Economics and Public Affairs at Princeton University and the Director of Princeton’s Center for Health and Well Being. She also directs the Program on Families and Children at the National Bureau of Economic Research. She has served on several National Academy of Sciences panels including the Committee on Population, and was elected Vice President of the American Economics Association in 2010. She has also served as a consultant for the National Health Interview Survey and the National Longitudinal Surveys and on the advisory board of the National Children’s Study. She is a Fellow of the Society of Labor Economists, an affiliate of the University of Michigan’s National Poverty Center, and an affiliate of IZA in Bonn. She is the Editor of the Journal of Economic Literature and on the editorial board of the Quarterly Journal of Economics, and has also served several other journals in an editorial capacity including the Journal of Health Economics, the Journal of Labor Economics, and the Journal of Public Economics.
Her research focuses on the health and well-being of children. She has written about early intervention programs, programs to expand health insurance and improve health care, public housing, and food and nutrition programs. Much of this research is summarized in “The Invisible Safety Net: Protecting the Nation’s Poor Children and Families”, Princeton University Press. Her current research focuses on socioeconomic differences in child health, and on environmental threats to children’s health from sources such as toxic pollutants.