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The Center for the Study of Inequality (CSI) fosters “basic” and policy-relevant research on social and economic inequalities, variations in these inequalities across time and space, the sources of inequality, and the consequences of inequality for individuals, families, neighborhoods, communities, governments, nations, and geographic regions. This research is critical and timely, both because of historic increases in income and wealth inequality in the United States and other advanced industrial countries and because inequalities based on race, ethnicity, gender, social class, and family background are evolving in dramatic and complicated ways. Public and policy interest in inequality is also expanding, creating a need for rigorous and empirically informed research on causes and consequences of inequality. CSI helps fill this need by supporting high quality research on inequality, disseminating findings from this research into the academic and public sphere, and teaching students how to be informed and engaged citizens in a world characterized by inequality.
Minor in Inequality Studies
The Inequality Studies Minor allows undergraduate students to supplement their major with a coherent program of courses about inequality, where these courses span the social sciences, humanities, and even life sciences. The Minor in Inequality Studies is open to students in all Cornell undergraduate colleges and can be completed in conjunction with almost any major; currently, the Minor enrolls undergraduates from six different undergraduate colleges. Students who meet the requirements of the Minor receive an official note on their academic records. For more information on the Minor, including course listings and enrollment information, visit the CSI website.
Symposia and Lecture Series
CSI sponsors symposia, workshops, informal discussions of faculty and students, and public lectures that discuss research on the most pressing problems and controversies in inequality scholarship. The current schedule of events is listed on the CSI website.