About the 2013-2015 Director: Kim Weeden

Kim Weeden is the Robert S. Harrison Director of the Institute for the Social Sciences and Professor of Sociology. Her term as director runs from January 2013 to July 2015 .

Professor Weeden received her Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1999, began her career as Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Chicago, and joined the Cornell University faculty in 2001. She chaired Cornell’s Department of Sociology from 2007 through 2010 and served as co-Director and co-PI of CU-Advance, an NSF-funded grant to improve the recruitment, retention, and promotion of female faculty in the sciences and social sciences. She was awarded the Robert and Helen Appel Fellowship in the College of Arts and Sciences for excellence in research and teaching in 2005, and was selected as an ISS Faculty Fellow in 2012.

Professor Weeden’s teaching and research interests line in understanding social inequality in advanced industrialized societies. Her recent projects have looked at the institutional shifts underlying rising income inequality in liberal market economies; the changing relationship between social class position and individual life chances, lifestyles, and social and political attitudes and behaviors; the measurement of a multidimensional inequality space; trends in work hours and its effects on the gender gap in pay; the segregation of men and women in higher education; and the formation of young adults’ occupational plans. Her work has appeared in leading sociology and interdisciplinary journals, including the American Journal of Sociology, Sociology of Education, Demography, Research in Social Stratification and Mobility, American Behavioral Scientist, and Social Science Research.

Much of this research has been funded by grants from the National Science Foundation. Professor Weeden is currently a principal investigator on a collaborative NSF grant with colleagues at Cornell, Stanford, Harvard, Berkeley, Princeton, and Wisconsin to fund post-docs who study the social impact of the 2008 financial crisis and the ensuing recession. She also recently completed a NSF grant, with Cornell colleague Steve Morgan, on how young men and women’s occupational plans evolve through high school and affect entry into and exit from science “pipelines.”

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