McCall studies trends in earnings and income inequality and public opinion about inequality, economic opportunity, and a wide range of social and economic issues and policies. Her research on inequality focuses on growing economic disparities among women and families as gender inequality at work and home continues to decline. Her research on public opinion examines changes in attitudes over the last several decades and includes an examination of media coverage of inequality from the 1980s to the present. She was formerly Professor of Sociology and Political Science and Faculty Fellow at the Institute for Policy Research, Northwestern University.
In the News
Places current debates about identity politics in historical context. Argues for a turn to a more robust definition of identity as multidimensional and politically mediated for understanding political alignments over the past several decades.
Presents results of three experiments showing that exposure to information about rising economic inequality sparks skepticism about the existence of economic opportunity in society that, in turn, motivates support for equity-enhancing policies.
Updates and summarizes data and findings in the Undeserving Rich book and describes a path of policy making that appeals to American concerns about inequality of both outcomes and opportunities.