Janet Gornick
Janet Gornick


Stone Center on Socio-Economic Inequality

Janet Gornick is a professor of political science and sociology at the CUNY Graduate Center. 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. Since 2016, she has served as director of the James M. and Cathleen D. Stone Center on Socio‐Economic Inequality, which includes a LIS satellite office. She has also held the James M. and Cathleen D. Stone Distinguished Chair in Socio-Economic Inequality since it was established in 2021.

Most of Gornick’s 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 regularly presents her work in popular venues, including The American ProspectDissent, and Challenge Magazine. Gornick is co‐author or co‐editor of four books: Families That Work: Policies for Reconciling Parenthood and Employment (Russell Sage Foundation, 2003), Gender Equality: Transforming Family Divisions of Labor (Verso Press, 2009), Income Inequality: Economic Disparities and the Middle Class in Affluent Countries (Stanford University Press, 2013), and Measuring Distribution and Mobility of Income and Wealth (University of Chicago Press, 2022).

Gornick attended Harvard University, where she was awarded a B.A. in psychology and social relations, an M.PA. from the Kennedy School of Government, and a Ph.D. in political economy and government.

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