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Michelle Maroto, PhD

Assistant Professor



About Me

I’m an assistant professor in the Sociology Department at the University of Alberta. I joined the department in 2012 after completing my PhD at the University of Washington. My general research interests include social stratification and policy; race, class, and gender inequality; credit and labor markets; economic sociology; organizations; and quantitative and qualitative methods. If you were to ask me about my area, I’d likely tell you that I study social stratification and policy with several research projects that fall under this broad area.


My current research projects investigate wealth disparities across groups in Canada and the United States; employment and earnings inequality people with disabilities; the effects of incarceration on wealth accumulation; reemployment outcomes in the recent recession; and labor market inequality by gender, family structure, and marital status. In addition to these ongoing research projects, I have also been engaged in a larger project on the intersection of inequality across areas of stratification, which will build on theories of cumulative disadvantage, cumulative discrimination, and durable inequality present in my other work.


I regularly teach our Inequality and Social Stratification (SOC 260) and Introduction to Social Statistics (SOC 210) courses. I have also taught a graduate-level Social Structure and Public Policy (SOC 672) course and, most recently, a new upper-level undergraduate Data Analysis and Research (SOC 402) course.