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Reverberations of Inequality - Web Graph
Reverberations of Inequality - Web Graph

INEQUALITY has emerged as a key political issue.

There are signs moreover that inequality harms health, diminishes political engagement, and ripples across social life throughout the world. During its 2019-2020 theme year, REVERBERATIONS OF INEQUALITY, the Andrea Mitchell Center will invite a range of speakers to delve into a growing body of scholarship suggesting that inequality is not simply a matter of skewed wealth. Rather, it is something that permeates our lives, its ripple effects shaping our bodies, minds, social networks, identities, life chances, and capacity to participate in shared institutions. And if some degree of equality is indeed a precondition for democratic participation, how might that conflict with the personal liberties that also underlie democracy? What is the correct balance to strike?

Reverberations of Inequality - Web Graph


Penn Graduate School of Education / Penn School of Social Policy and Practice

Penn Law / The School of Arts and Sciences / Penn Economics

Penn Department of Political Science / Penn Sociology

Penn Populations Studies Center


Speakers from REVERBERATIONS OF INEQUALITY are now featured in interviews on the Mitchell Center Podcast.
Click HERE to listen to Alexes Harris, Chloe Bird, Brishen Rogers, Joe Soss, David Daley, Bruce and Craig McEwen,

and more.


The Greatest Anti-Poverty Success Story I Know (Jason DeParle)

Human Rights in an Unequal World (Samuel Moyn)

A Pound of Flesh: Monetary Sanctions, The Punishment Continuum, and the Way Forward (Alexes Harris)

Inequality and Childhood Adversity: Toxic Stress and Its Epigenetic Effects (B. and C. McEwen)

Preying on the Poor: Criminal Justice as Revenue Racket (Joe Soss)


Kimberly Noble
NEED Lab, Teachers College, Columbia University

What Inequality Does to the Brain

Jason DeParle
New York Times / Author, A Good Provider Is One Who Leaves

Leaving Leveriza: Migration and Its Impact on Global Poverty

Samuel Moyn
Yale University

Human Rights Are Not Enough

Bruce McEwen Rockefeller University and 
Craig McEwen Bowdoin College

Inequality and Early Childhood Adversity: Toxic Stress and Its
Epigenetic Effects

David Daley

Activist & Author of Ratf**ked

The Supreme Court's Shameless Endorsement of Gerrymandering

Sam Friedman

London School of Economics

Why It Pays to Be Privileged

Bruce Link


Diversions: When Inequalities Research Becomes Complicit in the Reproduction of Health Inequities


The REVERBERATIONS OF INEQUALITY Opening Conference featured a KEYNOTE ADDRESS by Raj Chetty (Harvard) and three panels: HEALTH AND INEQUALITY with Chloe E. Bird (Rand Corporation), Elaine Hernandez (IU Bloomington), and Bruce Link (UC Riverside); BARRIERS TO MOBILITY with Sam Friedman (London School of Economics), Michael Kraus (Yale), and Karolyn Tyson (UNC Chapel Hill); and POLICY RESPONSES TO INEQUALITY with David Daley (Author of Ratf**ked), Susan Dynarski (University of Michigan), and Brishen Rogers (Georgetown Law).

Conference videos are available HERE.


​​THE ANDREA MITCHELL CENTER FOR THE STUDY OF DEMOCRACY at the University of Pennyslvania aims not just to promote, but to understand, democracy. Global in its outlook, multifaceted in its purposes, the Mitchell Center seeks to contribute to the ongoing quest for democratic values, ideas, and institutions throughout the world. In addition to hosting speakers from the fields of academia, journalism, politics, and public policy, the Mitchell Center supports undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral research.  It continues the legacy of the Penn Program for Democracy, Citizenship, and Constitutionalism, which fostered interdisciplinary scholarship from 2007 to 2017.

REVERBERATIONS OF INEQUALITY is a year-long program of events organized at the Andrea Mitchell Center by the Reverberations of Inequality Planning Committee: Annette Lareau, Chair (GSE); Regina Austin (Law); Martha Farah (Psychology); Julia Lynch (Political Science); Eric Orts (Wharton); Jeffrey Green, Mitchell Center Director (Political Science); and Matthew Roth, Mitchell Center Assistant Director.

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