Teaching

Undergraduate Teaching Approach 

Graduate Teaching Approach

A lot of my advising and mentoring occurs in the Inequality Lab, a research and training laboratory that investigates the dynamics of social inequality and trains the next generation of inequality scholars. The lab opened in the fall of 2017 to support the study of social inequality, its change across time, and its maintenance across generations.

Advice for Prospective Graduate Students

In the interest of equal access to information, I offer the following standard points to all prospective students who reach out to me before putting in their application:

  • The UM sociology graduate program pursues an open application process and admissions are decided by an admissions committee that changes every year. It is not necessary for you to have a formal agreement with a prospective mentor in place. But you are welcome to name potential faculty members who you would like to work with in your application; and doing so is generally a good idea since it helps underline your interests and shows that you have a plan and done your homework in researching fitting graduate school options. You are welcome to name me as a faculty member who you’d be interested in working with, including as part of the Inequality Lab at the Center for Inequality Dynamics. The CID homepage will give you some insights into what we are up to.
  • One very important advice I have for students interested in the UM joint sociology and social policy program is that you can apply to both the joint program and the “only-sociology” program. Both are very competitive, but the joint program is even more so (we typically admit only 1-2 sociology students in the joint policy program each year). You could certainly end up in a situation where you are admitted to sociology but not to the joint program. In that case, I believe that you could still self-design a similar training experience that would cater to your policy interests.