Julia Wrigley
Position: Professor
Programs: Urban Education | Sociology
Campus Affiliation: Graduate Center
Phone: (212) 817-8770
Degrees/Diplomas: Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison
Research Interests: Sociology of Education, Sociology of Gender, Social Class, Sociology of Children, Political Sociology.

Julia Wrigley received an undergraduate degree in sociology from the University of Michigan and her master’s and Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She taught at UCLA before coming to the Graduate Center in 1991. Her work focuses on social class and inequality. She is the author of Class Politics and Public Schools, on conflicts over the control and funding of Chicago’s schools, and of Other People’s Children, on relations between middle-class parents and their children’s caregivers. Wrigley also has written on how safety in child care is affected by its organizational structure and on changes over time in the presumed need for the intellectual stimulation of young children. She served in academic administrative roles at the Graduate Center and in CUNY’s Central Office from 2003 until 2015, when she returned to the Graduate Center as a sociology professor.