Leslie McCall Professor - On Leave

Area(s) of Interest:  Social Inequality, Methods/Social Theory

Relevant Link

Main personal web site at the Institute for Policy Research


McCall received her Ph.D. at  the University of Wisconsin. Her areas of interest include social inequality, economic and political sociology, methods, and social theory.

Her work on rising class inequality among women in the United States, and, more generally, on how racial, educational, and gender inequality variously overlap and conflict with one other, has been published in a number of journals as well as in her book, Complex Inequality: Gender, Class, and Race in the New Economy (Routledge, 2001), which was the first runner-up for the C. Wright Mills Book Award.

Her current research includes (1) an ongoing study of economic inequality among women, (2) an analysis of the impact of corporate restructuring (e.g., downsizing, subcontracting) on rising inequality, and (3) an investigation of the political consequences of rising wage inequality, in terms of awareness of and opposition to inequality, preferences for redistributive policies, and political participation.
McCall also maintains an interest in feminist social theory and methodology, in particular the conceptualization and empirical analysis of multiple dimensions of social relations from a social science perspective. Her work has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Russell Sage Foundation, and Demos: A Network of Ideas and Action, where she is a Senior Fellow.

Courses Taught

SOCIOL 201: Social Inequality

SOCIOL 303: Analysis of Social Data

SOCIOL 325: Sociology of Inequality Syllabus

SOCIOL 401-2: Analysis of Social Data

SOCIOL 440: Stratification, Race, and Gender

SOCIOL 476: Topics in Sociological Analysis: Sociology of Inequality Syllabus


Complex Inequality: Gender, Class and Race in the New Economy
Routledge, 2001