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Leslie McCall, Associate Director

    • Associate Director, Stone Center on Socio-Economic Inequality
    • Presidential Professor of Sociology and Political Science
    • LIS Senior Scholar


Leslie McCall is Presidential Professor of Sociology and Political Science, and Associate Director of the Stone Center on Socio-Economic Inequality, at the CUNY Graduate Center. She studies public opinion about inequality, opportunity, and related economic and policy issues; trends in actual earnings and family income inequality; and patterns of intersectional inequality. She is the author of The Undeserving Rich: American Beliefs about Inequality, Opportunity, and Redistribution (2013) and Complex Inequality: Gender, Class, and Race in the New Economy (2001). Her research has also been published in a wide range of journals and edited volumes and supported by the National Science Foundation, the Russell Sage Foundation, Demos: A Network of Ideas and Action, the Center for the Study of Democratic Politics at Princeton University, and the Advanced Research Collaborative of the CUNY Graduate Center. She was formerly Professor of Sociology and Political Science and Faculty Fellow at the Institute for Policy Research, Northwestern University.


Selected Publications


Cho, S., K. Crenshaw, and L. McCall, eds. Intersectionality: Theorizing Power, Empowering Theory. Thematic Issue of Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society 38(4), 2013.

McCall, L. The Undeserving Rich: American Beliefs About Inequality, Opportunity, and Redistribution. Cambridge University Press (2013).

McCall, L. Complex Inequality: Gender, Class, and Race in the New Economy. Routledge (2001).

Articles and Chapters

McCall, L., D. Burk, M. Laperierre, and J.A. Richeson. 2017. Exposure to rising inequality shapes Americans' opportunity beliefs and policy support:. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 114(36): 9593-9598

McCall, L. 2016. Political and policy responses to problems of inequality and opportunity: Past, present, and future.  In The Dynamics of Opportunity in America, ed. I. Kirsch and H. Braun, 415-42. New York: Springer.

McCall, L. 2014. The political meanings of social class inequality. Social Currents 1(1): 25–34.

McCall, L. 2013. Introduction: Thinking about income inequality. In The Undeserving Rich: American Beliefs About Inequality, Opportunity, and Redistribution. Cambridge University Press.

McCall, L. and J. Manza. 2011. Class differences in social and political attitudes. In The Oxford Handbook of American Public Opinion and the Media, ed. L. Jacobs and R. Shapiro. Oxford University Press.

McCall, L., and C. Percheski. 2010. Income Inequality: New Trends and Research Directions. Annual Review of Sociology 36:329-47.

McCall, L., and L. Kenworthy. 2009. Americans' social policy preferences in the era of rising inequalityPerspectives on Politics 7(3): 459-84.

Kenworthy, L., and L. McCall. 2008. Inequality, public opinion, and redistributionSocio-Economic Review 6(1): 35-68. Winner of the journal's 2008 Best Article Award.

McCall, L. 2008. What does class inequality among women look like? A comparison with men and families. In Social Class: How Does It Work? ed. A. Lareau and D. Conley, 193-323. New York: Russell Sage Foundation.

McCall, L. 2007. Increasing class disparities among women and the politics of gender equity. In The Sex of Class, ed. D. S. Cobble, 15-34. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press.

McCall, L. 2005. The complexity of intersectionalitySigns: Journal of Women in Culture and Society 30(3): 1771-800.

McCall, L. 2005. Gender, race, and the restructuring of work: Organizational and institutional perspectives. In The Oxford Handbook of Work and Organization, ed. P. Tolbert, R. Batt, S. Ackroyd, and P. Thompson, 74-94. New York: Oxford University Press.

McCall, L. 2001. Sources of racial wage inequality in metropolitan labor markets: Racial, ethnic, and gender differencesAmerican Sociological Review 66(4): 520-42.

McCall, L. 2001. Explaining levels of within-group wage inequality in U.S. labor markets. Demography 37(4): 415-30.

McCall, L. 2000. Gender and the new inequality: Explaining the college/non-college wage gap in U.S. labor markets. American Sociological Review 65(2): 234-55.

McCall, L. 1998. Spatial routes to gender wage (in)equality: Regional restructuring and wage differentials by gender and educationEconomic Geography 74(4): 379-404.  

Reports, Working Papers and Other Writing

Nelson, L., D. Burk, M. Knudsen, and L. McCall. 2017. "The Future of Coding: A Comparison of Hand-Coding and Three Types of Computer-Assisted Text Analysis Methods," conditionally accepted at Sociological Methods and Research.

McCall, L. and F. Chin. 2013. Does knowledge of inequality affect beliefs about inequality? Working paper.

McCall, L. 2004. What do Americans think about inequality? An analysis of polls and media coverage of income inequality. Demos working paper.

McCall, L. 2004. The inequality economy: How new corporate practices redistribute income to the top. Demos working paper.