The Inequality Science Series

The Inequality Science Series is a social science forum for ideas, strategies, and new best practices to address forms of inequality on Princeton’s campus and beyond.

How might social scientists comment and provide systemic insight in a moment fraught with disproportionate inequality, especially along the lines of race and class?

Presented By:

The Princeton University Department of African American Studies
The Princeton University Department of Psychology
Kahneman-Treisman Center for Behavioral Science and Public Policy

About the Inequality Science Series

cathycohen_0040Inequality has been a topic of interest among social scientists for decades. Psychology has been a leading discipline in this area, producing an incredible wealth of knowledge on topics including the academic achievement gap, racial health disparities, unconscious bias and intergroup relations, social class and social hierarchy. Recently psychologists, including members of the Princeton faculty, have focused not only on conducting basic scientific research to understand the psychological processes associated with inequality but have also been invested in developing interventions to reduce inequality. Moreover, there has been an emphasis on developing a set of best practices that can be used by individuals and organizations.

university-social-networksA major goal of this lecture series is to enhance graduate education on this topic and to foster a more scientific dialogue on inequality and diversity on Princeton’s campus. Recent events on campus (and in our nation) have revealed that the Princeton community could benefit from learning more about empirical research on inequality and thinking through how to translate that research into successful strategies for reducing inequality. This lecture series dovetails nicely with the University’s, including the Graduate School’s, efforts to evaluate and improve our diversity-related policies and programs.

Our aim is to bring together leading research scholars from around the world, graduate students, academic administrators, and community leaders for an exchange of ideas on inequality science and best practices for fostering community where all individuals can thrive.

All talks occurred in A32 Peretsman Scully Hall. Talks were free and open to the public. Livestreaming and recording was coordinated by the Department of African American Studies.

The series was developed in hopes of fostering a scientific, but accessible dialogue  on inequality, diversity, and inclusion on our campus, and throughout the nation. Our general aim is to bring together eminent researchers, faculty on campus, academic administrators, students, and community leaders to discuss inequality science as well as think about best practices this science translates into.

Stacey Sinclair, Professor of Psychology & African American Studies

2014 – 2015 Participants

FALL 2015


October 1st
The Social Psychology of Inequality: Wise Ideas and Best Practices to Close Achievement Gaps

Geoff Cohen
Stanford University
Graduate School of Education & Graduate School of Business

Greg Walton
Stanford University
Department of Psychology

Valerie Purdie-Vaughns
Columbia University
Department of Psychology

Moderated by Jill Dolan
Dean of the College 

October 21st
The Benefits of a Cultural Match: 
The Case of Social Class and Higher Education

Nicole Stephens
Northwestern University
Kellogg School of Management
Department of Psychology

Moderated by Michele Minter
Vice Provost for Institutional Equity and Diversity

February 10th
The Causes and Consequences of Racial Bias in Law Enforcement
Jack GlaserUC Berkeley
Department of PsychologyModerated by Naomi Murakawa
Department of African American StudiesMarch 2nd
Zen and the Art of Privilege MaintenanceBrian Lowery
Stanford University
Graduate School of BusinessEric Knowles
New York University
Department of PsychologyModerated by Deborah Prentice
Dean of the Faculty

April 20th 
Death By a Thousand Slights: Discrimination and Health Inequalities

Tene Lewis
Emory University
School of Public Health

Mark Hatzenbuehler
Columbia University
Mailman School of Public Health

Moderated by Ruha Benjamin
Department of African American Studies

Watch the talks:

The Social Psychology of Inequality: Wise Ideas and Best Practices to Close Achievement Gaps
Valerie Purdie-Vaughns (Columbia), Greg Walton (Stanford), Geoff Cohen (Stanford)

The Benefits of a Cultural Match: The Case of Social Class and Higher Education
Nicole Stephens (Northwestern)

Zen and the Art of Privilege Maintenance
Brian Lowry (Stanford University), Eric Knowles (NYU)

Causes and Consequences of Racial Bias in Law Enforcement
Karin Martin (John Jay College of Criminal Justice) Jack Glaser (UC Berkeley) moderated by Naomi Murakawa (Princeton)

Death by a Thousand Slights: Discrimination and Health Inequalities
Tené Lewis (Emory) and Mark Hatzenbuehler (Columbia)

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Upcoming Events

Bobby McFerrin, "CIRCLESONGS"
Sep 21, 2018 @ 7:30 pm
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Oct 4, 2018 - Oct 5, 2018
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Oct 18, 2018 - Oct 20, 2018
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Oct 19, 2018 @ 7:00 pm
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Nov 28, 2018 @ 6:00 pm
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Apr 10, 2019 @ 4:30 pm