Diversity and Inequality
The study of social inequality lies at the core of the sociological enterprise. It concerns the sources, forms, and consequences of unequal distributions of power and resources, and how they are related to race/ethnicity, class, gender, and sexuality (as well as religion, immigration status, age, ability, etc.). The study of inequality intersects with many substantive areas of sociology and complements coursework in all of the other clusters.
At Fordham, the study of social inequality is central to the university’s commitment to social justice, which dates back to the mid 19th century when Archbishop John Hughes founded the college and fought to improve the well-being of immigrants to New York City.
Our faculty employ a wide variety of methods, from ethnographic fieldwork and in-depth interviews to multivariate statistical analyses, in order to study diverse questions, such as the impact of the criminal justice system on women and racial minorities, the integration of immigrant women into New York City, the influence of race and class on local community politics, the influence of urban policies on New York City's housing market and neighborhoods, the portrayal of Latinos in popular culture, and the effects of religion on gender relations.
Faculty in this area: Avishai; Bush; Flavin; Fountain; Gautney; Gilbertson; Rhomberg; Rodriguez, C.; Rodriguez, O.; Smangs; Rosenbaum; Weinshenker