I am a stratification sociologist whose recent research focuses on
changing gender inequalities in the United States and India.
I am trying to understand why the U.S.
of the 1970s and 1980s stalled in the 1990s.
Recent work with Joanna Kling has been investigating whether
changing media themes about working mothers
may be an indicator of a cultural shift that contributed to this stalled gender revolution.
and colleagues in Delhi at the
National Council of Applied Economic Research,
I have helped field two waves of
the Indian Human Development Survey,
a nationwide panel survey 41,554 households.
This survey collects data on the relationships of poverty, gender stratification, and
social capital on health and education outcomes.
Publicly available data files
are available from ICPSR.
A reinterview of these households was completed at the end of 2012 and additional
public use data will become available once data entry and cleaning are completed.
general survey courses on stratification and inequality at both the graduate
and undergraduate levels, as well as more specialized courses on
Vita (as .pdf file) or
Vita (as web page)
Latest: Vanneman and Dubey,
"Income Inequality in India."
Latest: Kling and Vanneman,
"The 1990s Shift in the Media Portrayal of Working Mothers."