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Janet C. Gornick, Director

    • Director, Stone Center on Socio-Economic Inequality
    • Director, US Office of LIS
    • Professor of Political Science and Sociology, Graduate Center - CUNY
    • LIS Senior Scholar

Telephone: (212) 817-1872
Office: 6203.07

Janet C. Gornick is Professor of Political Science and Sociology. She also serves as Director of the Stone Center on Socio-Economic Inequality, as Director of the US Office of LIS, and as LIS Senior Scholar. Professor Gornick has been associated with LIS, the cross-national data center in Luxembourg, for over 25 years, serving as LIS’ overall Director from 2006-2016. She brings extensive expertise on working with the LIS data to the Graduate Center community.

Keynote Address, UN General Assembly, 2014
Commencement Address, The Graduate Center, 2012
Inequality: it Matters, Interview, Folio, Winter 2013

Course Syllabi
Fall 2017 – Women, Work, & Public Policy
Fall 2016 -Social Welfare Policy
Spring 2015 – Introduction to the Policy Process
Spring 2013 LIS
Fall 2008 Policy Evaluation

Selected Publications (articles are in PDF format)

Research brief:
Income Inequality in the United States in Cross-National Perspective: Redistribution Revisited, Janet C. Gornick and Branko Milanovic. LIS Center Research Brief, May 2015.

Income Inequality: Economic Disparities and the Middle Class in Affluent Countries, edited by Janet Gornick and Markus Jäntti. California: Stanford University Press, July 2013.

Gender Equality: Transforming Family Divisions of Labor, Janet C. Gornick, Marcia K. Meyers, et al. Series edited by Erik Olin Wright. New York, London: Verso Press, 2009.

Families That Work: Policies for Reconciling Parenthood and Employment, Janet C. Gornick, Marcia K. Meyers, et al. New York: Russell Sage Foundation Press, 2003.

Articles, peer-reviewed journals:
2013 Frase, Peter, and Janet C. Gornick. “The Time Divide in Cross-National Perspective: The Work Week, Education, and Institutions that Matter.” Social Forces 91(3) 697–724.

2012 Lyness, Karen, Janet C. Gornick, Pamela Stone, and Angela Grotto. “It’s All about Control: A Cross-National Study of the Antecedents and Consequences of Worker Control over Schedule and Hours.” American Sociological Review 77(6): 1023-1049.

2012 Sayer, Liana, and Janet C. Gornick. “Cross-National Variation in the Influence of Employment Hours on Child Care Time.” European Sociological Review 28(4): 421-442.

2012 England, Paula, Janet C. Gornick, and Emily Shafer. “Women’s Employment, Education, and the Gender Gap in 17 Countries.” Monthly Labor Review (April): 20-29.

2012 Gornick, Janet C., and Markus Jäntti. “Child Poverty in Cross-National Perspective: Lessons from the Luxembourg Income Study.” Children and Youth Services Review 34: 558–568.

2010 Ray, Rebecca, Janet C. Gornick, and John Schmitt. “Who Cares? Assessing Generosity and Gender Equality in Parental Leave Policy Designs in 21 Countries.” Journal of European Social Policy 20(3):196-216.

2009 Gornick, Janet C., Eva Sierminska and Timothy Smeeding. “The Income and Wealth Packages of Older Women in Cross-National Perspective.” Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences 64B(3): 402-414.

2008 Gornick, Janet C., and Marcia K. Meyers. “Creating Gender-Egalitarian Societies: An Agenda for Reform.” Politics & Society 36(3): 313-349.

2008 Presser, Harriet, Janet C. Gornick, and Sangeeta Parashar. “Nonstandard Work Schedules in Twelve European Countries: A Gender Perspective.” Monthly Labor Review (February): 83-103.

2008 Bardasi, Elena, and Janet C. Gornick. “Working for Less? Women’s Part-Time Wage Penalties Across Countries.” Feminist Economics 14(1): 37-72.

2006 Gornick, Janet C., and Alexandra Heron. “Working Time Regulation as Work-Family Reconciliation Policy: Comparing Europe, Japan, and the United States.” Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis: Research and Practice 8(2): 149-166.

2004 Gornick, Janet C., and Marcia K. Meyers. “More Alike Than Different: Re-Assessing the Long-Term Prospects for Developing ‘European-Style’ Work-Family Policy in the United States.” Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis: Research and Practice 6(3):251-273.

2004 Gornick, Janet C. “Women’s Economic Outcomes, Gender Inequality, and Public Policy: Lessons from the Luxembourg Income Study.” Socio-Economic Review 2: 213-238.

2004 Rosenfeld, Rachel, Heike Trappe, and Janet C. Gornick. “Gender and Work in Germany: Before and After Reunification.” Annual Review of Sociology 30: 103-134.

2001 Gornick, Janet C., and Marcia K. Meyers. “Lesson-Drawing in Family Policy: Media Reports and Empirical Evidence about European Developments.” Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis: Research and Practice. 3(1): 31-57.

2001 Meyers, Marcia K., Janet C. Gornick, and Laura R. Peck. “Packaging Support for Low-Income Families: Policy Variation Across the U.S. States.” Journal of Policy Analysis and Management 20(3): 457-483.

1998 Gornick, Janet C., and Jerry A. Jacobs. “Gender, The Welfare State, and Public Employment: A Comparative Study of Seven Industrialized Countries.” American Sociological Review 63(5): 688-710.

1998 Gornick, Janet C., Marcia K. Meyers, and Katherin E. Ross. “Public Policies and the Employment of Mothers: A Cross-National Study.” Social Science Quarterly 79(1): 35-54.

1997 Gornick, Janet C., Marcia K. Meyers, and Katherin E. Ross. “Supporting the Employment of Mothers: Policy Variation Across Fourteen Welfare States.” Journal of European Social Policy 7(1): 45-70.