Social Stratification can be described as socially-patterned inequality of access to things that a culture defines as desirable. Social stratification is a topic of extraordinarybreadth. Stratification pervades all aspects of culture and society, and stratification perfusesthe points of articulation between social, cultural and physical environments. Sociologists examine stratification through the lenses of human ecology, culture, demography, health, economic sociology, education, employment, race, religion, ethnicity and so-on. Stratification research often asks questions that require new analytic methods, so stratification researchers at Chicago are closely connected to research methodologists. From Anderson to Znaniecki, the history of American stratification research and theory is defined by scholars who spent some or all of their most productive years in the University of Chicago Department of Sociology. Virtually every member of the current University of Chicago Department of Sociology could claim membership in the stratification cluster and would be welcome to do so.


Marco Garrido

Ross Stolzenberg

Linda Waite

Kazuo Yamaguchi

Faculty Contact:

Ross Stolzenberg

Other Resources:

The Applied Economics Workshop

The Macro/International Workshop

The Center for Human Potential and Public Policy

The Center for Interdisciplinary Health Disparities

The Race, Politics, and Culture Center