Janet Gornick
Janet Gornick


Stone Center on Socioeconomic Inequality (CUNY)

Janet Gornick, a member of the Washington Center for Equitable Growth's Research Advisory Board, is a professor of political science and sociology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. From September 2006 to August 2016, she served as director of LIS (formerly the Luxembourg Income Study), a cross‐national data archive and research center located in Luxembourg, with a satellite office at the Graduate Center. As of September 1, 2016, she also serves as director of the new James M. and Cathleen D. Stone Center on Socio‐Economic Inequality and as director of the U.S. office of LIS. 

Gornick attended Harvard University, where she was awarded a B.A. (psychology and social relations, 1980), an M.PA. (Kennedy School, 1987), and a Ph.D. (political economy and government, 1994).


Most of her research is comparative and concerns social welfare policies and their impact on gender disparities in the labor market and/or on income inequality. She has published articles on gender inequality, employment, and social policy in several journals, including American Sociological ReviewAnnual Review of SociologySocial ForcesSocio‐Economic ReviewJournal of European Social PolicyEuropean Sociological ReviewSocial Science QuarterlyMonthly Labor Review, and Feminist Economics. She served as guest editor for “Work‐Family Reconciliation Policies in High‐Employment Economies: Policy Designs and their Consequences,” a special double issue of the Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis (2006–2007). She regularly presents her work in popular venues, including The American ProspectDissent, and Challenge Magazine. Gornick is co‐author or co‐editor of three books: Families That Work: Policies for Reconciling Parenthood and Employment (Russell Sage Foundation, 2003), Gender Equality: Transforming Family Divisions of Labor (Verso Press, 2009), and Income Inequality: Economic Disparities and the Middle Class in Affluent Countries (Stanford University Press, 2013). 

Her research has been generously supported by many sponsors, including the Russell Sage Foundation, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Social Security Administration, the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the National Governors' Association, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, and the World Bank.

She serves on several advisory/editorial boards, including: the Society for the Study of Economic Inequality, the Foundation for International Studies on Social Security, Pathways Magazine, the Washington Center for Equitable Growth, the Russell Sage Foundation Journal, the Center for Economic and Policy Research, and the Journal of European Social Policy.

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