Vida Maralani

Associate Professor

Department and Program Affiliations:
Sociology

Academic focus:
Social inequality, demography, gender, education, health

Current research project:
One current project examines inequalities in children’s social and emotional skills by family income and parental education and how these have changed over time. Another examines how family income and child investment differ by maternal age and other demographic mechanisms. I also study disparities in health behaviors.

Previous positions (include department, title, and years worked, in that order): 
Assistant to Associate Professor, Sociology, Yale University, 2008-2016

Academic background (include institution, field, degree and year, in that order): 
Ph.D., Sociology, University of California, Los Angeles, 2006
M.A., History, San Francisco State University, 1994
B.A., History, University of California, Berkeley, 1991

Last book read:
“The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace” by Jeff Hobbs

In your own time/when not working:
Have fun with my family, hike, bird watch

Courses you’re most looking forward to teaching:
Social Inequality, Quantitative Methods for Social Science Research

What most excites you about Cornell:
The thriving intellectual environment!

Vida Maralani