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Kim Weeden

Jan Rock Zubrow ’77 Professor of the Social Sciences, Director of the Center for the Study of Inequality

Uris Hall, Room 358



I study inequality in advanced industrial societies, how it is organized, and how it is changing. Current projects examine the sources of rising income inequality (with David Grusky); occupational "closure" practices (e.g., licensing, educational credentialing, certification, unionization) and their impact on income inequality in the US and, in a new collaborative project led by Thijs Bol, the UK and Germany; the relationship between class membership and life chances, political views, social attitudes and cultural practices; and the form of the multidimensional inequality space.

A new project, with Steve Morgan, examines how young men and women's occupational plans are formed and change from 10th grade through college. It examines the specificity and the content of occupational plans; the effects of social background, school structure, and gender on occupational plans, especially plans to enter or exit; and the causal links between occupational plans, coursetaking, college entry, and college completion.

My other longstanding interest is in gender inequality in labor markets. Current projects look at patterns of gender segregation among doctoral recipients by field and prestige of the PhD-granting program (with Sarah Thebaud and Dafna Gelbgiser); the impact of increasingly long work hours on the gender gap in earnings (with Youngjoo Cha); and the correlates of faculty retention. A related project, still in the data coding phase, examines the departmental and network context of inter-departmental mobility and promotion in an academic labor market. Some of my past work on gender looks at how patterns of occupational segregation changed over the last century and how "family friendly" personnel policies (e.g., flextime, telecommuting) affect men and women's career outcomes.


  • Feminist, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program
  • Sociology

Graduate Fields

  • Sociology


  • social stratification and class analysis
  • gender inequality
  • labor markets
  • work and occupations
  • social demography
  • consequences of occupational collective action on the earnings structure in the United States
  • trends in the returns to occupational collective action over time
  • patterns and trends in the strength of the association between class, occupation, and individual-level outcomes
  • changes in the relative strength of race, gender, class, and occupation as structuring forces behind life chances, lifestyles, consumption patterns, and political and social beliefs
  • research on gender inequality has focused on two substantive concerns: the distribution of men and women across occupations and industries, and the consequences of "family friendly" personnel policies (e.g., flextime, telecommuting) on career outcomes.


  • Weeden, Kim A., Young-Mi Kim, Matthew Di Carlo, and David B. Grusky. Forthcoming. ?Social Class and Earnings Inequality.? American Behavioral Scientist.
  • Weeden, Kim A. In press (December, 2006). ?Occupational Segregation.? Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology, edited by George Ritzer. Malden, MA: Blackwell.
  • Grusky, David B., and Kim A. Weeden. 2006. ?Does the Sociological Approach to Studying Social Mobility Have a Future?? Pp. 85-108 in Mobility and Inequality: Frontiers of Research from Sociology and Economics, edited by Stephen L. Morgan, Gary Fields, and David B. Grusky. Stanford: Stanford University Press.
  • Weeden, Kim A., and David B. Grusky. 2005. ?The Case for a New Class Map.? American Journal of Sociology 111(1): 141-212.
  • Weeden, Kim A., and David B. Grusky. 2005. ?Are There Any Big Classes at All?? Pp. 3-56 in The Shape of Social Inequality: Stratification and Ethnicity in Comparative Perspective, edited by David Bills (festschrift in honor of Archibald Haller). Published as Volume 22 of Research in Social Stratification and Mobility. Amsterdam: Elsevier.
  • Weeden, Kim A. 2005. ?Is There a Flexiglass Ceiling? Flexible Work Arrangements and Wages in the United States.? Social Science Research 34(2):454-82.
  • Weeden, Kim A. 2004. ?Profiles of Change: Sex Segregation in the United States, 1910-2000.? Pp. 131-78 in Occupational Ghettos: The Worldwide Segregation of Men and Women, by Maria Charles and David B. Grusky. Palo Alto, CA: Stanford University Press.
  • Weeden, Kim A., and Jesper B. Sørensen. 2004. ?A Framework for Analyzing Industrial and Occupational Sex Segregation in the United States.? Pp. 245-96 in Occupational Ghettos: The Worldwide Segregation of Men and Women, by Maria Charles and David B. Grusky. Palo Alto, CA: Stanford University Press.
  • Weeden, Kim A. 2002. ?Why do Some Occupations Pay More than Others? Social Closure and Earnings Inequality in the United States.? American Journal of Sociology 108(1):55-101.
  • Grusky, David B., and Kim A. Weeden. 2002. ?Class Analysis and the Heavy Weight of Convention.? Acta Sociologica 45(3):229-36.
  • Grusky, David B., and Kim A. Weeden. 2001. ?Decomposition Without Death: A Research Agenda for the New Class Analysis.? Acta Sociologica 44(3): 203-18.
  • Grusky, David B., Kim A. Weeden, and Jesper B. Sørensen. 2001. ?The Case for Realism in Class Analysis.? Political Power and Social Theory 14:291-305.
  • Weeden, Kim A. 1998. ?Revisiting Occupational Sex Segregation in the United States, 1910-1990: Results from a Log-Linear Approach.? Demography 35(4), November:475-87.
  • Grusky, David B. and Kim A. Weeden. 1998. ?Models of Influence.? Pp. 121- 134 in Required Reading: Sociology?s Most Influential Books, edited by Dan Clawson. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press.
  • Cauce, Ana Marie, Charles Morgan, Victoria Wagner, Elizabeth Moore, Jennifer Sy, Kathryn Wurzbacher, Kim Weeden, Sandy Tomlin, and Trish Blanchard. 1994. ?Effectiveness of Intensive Case Management for Homeless Adolescents: Results of a 3-Month Follow-Up.? Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders 2(4): 219-227.