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
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
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)
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, book chapters:
2018 Gornick, Janet C. “The Socioeconomics of Single Parenthood: Reflections on the Triple Bind.” In Rense Nieuwenhuis and Laurie C. Maldonado (eds), The Triple Bind of Single-Parent families: Resources, Employment and Policies to Improve Well-being. Policy Press.
2018 Gornick, Janet C., and Emily Nell. (forthcoming). “Children and Poverty: A Cross-National Perspective.” In Gu.n. Björk Eydal and Tine Rostgaard (eds), Handbook on Child and Family Policy. Edward Elgar.
2016 Gornick, Janet C., and Natascia Boeri. “Gender and Poverty.” In David Brady and Linda Burton (eds), The Oxford Handbook of Poverty and Society. New York. Oxford University Press, 221-246.
2015 Gornick, Janet C. “Leave Policies in Challenging times: What Have We learned? What Lies Ahead?” Community, Work & Family. 18(2): 236-243.
2015 Gornick, Janet C., Markus Jäntti, Teresa Munzi, and Thierry Kruten. “Luxembourg Income Study – Response.” The Journal of Economic Inequality 13(2), 549-556.
2015 Gornick, Janet C. “Parental Leave and Fathers: Extending and Deepening the Knowledge Base.” In Guony Björk Eydal and Tine Rostgaard (eds), Fatherhood in the Nordic Welfare States: Comparing Care Policies and Practice. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 373-384.
2015 Gornick, Janet C., and Branko Milanovic. Income Inequality in the United States in Cross-National Perspective: Redistribution Revisited. LIS Center Research Brief.
2014 Gornick, Janet C., and Ariane Hegewisch. “Gender, Employment and Parenthood: The Consequences of Work-Family Policies.” In Daniel Kelemen (ed), Lessons from Europe? What Can Americans Learn from European Public Policies. Washington, D.C., Congressional Quarterly Press, 17-41.
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.
2013 Dina Bakst, Sherry Leiwant, and Janet C. Gornick. “Promoting Work-Family Balance.” In John Mollenkopf (ed), Towards a 21st Century for All: Progressive Policies for New York City in 2013 and Beyond. New York City: Center for Urban Research, 246-288.
2013 Gornick, Janet C., and Markus Jäntti. “Introduction” and “Conclusion.” In Janet C. Gornick and Markus Jäntti (eds), Income Inequality: Economic Disparities and The Middle Class in Affluent Countries. Palo Alto, CA: Stanford University Press, Social Inequality Series, 1-47 and 487-496.
2013 Folbre, Nancy, Janet C. Gornick, Helen Connolly, and Teresa Munzi. “Women’s Employment, Unpaid Work, and Economic Inequality.” In Janet C. Gornick and Markus Jäntti (eds), Income Inequality: Economic Disparities and The Middle Class in Affluent Countries. Palo Alto, CA: Stanford University Press, Social Inequality Series, 234-260.
2013 Gornick, Janet, Berglind Hólm Ragnarsdóttir, and Sarah Kostecki. “Cross-National Data Center in Luxembourg, LIS.” In Brian Kleiner, Isabelle Renschler, Boris Wernli, Peter Farago, and Dominique Joye (eds), Understanding Research Infrastructures in the Social Sciences. Zurich: Seismo Press, 89-99.
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.
2012 Gornick, Janet C., Candace Howes, and Laura Braslow. “The Care Policy Landscape.” In Nancy Folbre (ed) For Love And Money: Care Provision in the United States. New York: Russell Sage Foundation Press, 112-139.
2012 Gornick, Janet C., Candace Howes, and Laura Braslow. “Disparities in Care Policy.” In Nancy Folbre (ed) For Love And Money: Care Provision in the United States. New York: Russell Sage Foundation Press, 140-182.
2011 Hegewisch, Ariane, and Janet C. Gornick. “The Impact of Work-Family Policies on Women’s Employment: A Review of Research from OECD Countries.” Community, Work & Family 14(2): 119-138. (Reprinted in Steven Sweet, ed., Anticipated and Unanticipated Consequences of Work-Family Policy. New York: Routledge.)
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.
2010 Gornick, Janet C. and Markus Jäntti. “Women, Poverty, and Social Policy Regimes: A Cross-National Analysis.” In Peter Saunders and Roy Sainsbury (eds), Social Security, Poverty and Social Exclusion in Rich and Poorer Countries. International Studies on Social Security - Volume 16, Antwerp: Intersentia, 63-95.
2010 Gornick, Janet C. “Limiting Working Time and Supporting Flexibility for Employees: Public Policy Lessons from Europe.” In Kathleen Christensen and Barbara Schneider (eds), Workplace Flexibility: Realigning 20th Century Jobs to 21st Century Workers. New York: Cornell University Press, 223-244.
2009 Gornick, Janet C., Teresa Munzi, Eva Sierminska and Timothy Smeeding. “Income, Assets, and Poverty: Older Women in Comparative Perspective.” Journal of Women, Politics & Policy 30(2): 272-300.
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.
2009 Gornick, Janet C. and Markus Jäntti. “Child Poverty in Upper-Income Countries: Lessons from the Luxembourg Income Study.” In Sheila B. Kamerman, Shelley Phipps and Asher Ben-Arieh (eds), From Child Welfare to Child Wellbeing: An International Perspective on Knowledge in the Service of Making Policy. New York: Springer Publishing Company, 339-368.
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.
2009 Meyers, Marcia K., and Janet C. Gornick. “Beyond the Safety Net: Supporting the Economic Security of Working Poor Families.” In Carolyn J. Heinrich and John Karl Scholz (eds), Making the Work-based Safety Net Work Better: Forward-looking Policies to Help Low-Income Families. New York: Russell Sage Foundation Press, 261-291.
2007 Bell, Lisa, Gary Burtless, Janet C. Gornick, and Timothy Smeeding. “A Cross-National Survey of Trends in the Transition to Economic Independence.” In Sheldon H. Danziger and Cecilia Rouse (eds), The Price of Independence: The Economics of Early Adulthood. New York: Russell Sage Foundation Press, 27-55.
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.
2006 Gornick, Janet C. “Social Expenditures on Children and the Elderly, 1980-1995: Shifting Allocations, Changing Needs.” In Anne H. Gauthier, Cyrus Chu and Shripad Tuljapurkar (eds), The Allocation of Private and Public Resources Across Generations. New York: Springer Publishing Company, 201-226.
2005 Presser, Harriet B., and Janet C. Gornick. “The Feminization of Weekend Employment: A Comparative Analysis.” Monthly Labor Review (August): 41-53.
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.