Assistant Professor of Sociology
Vida Maralani (Ph.D. UCLA, 2006) works on a range of topics related to social stratification and demography. She studies educational stratification and inequality, intergenerational processes, social demography, and the pathways that link education and health. Her work examines the connections between education and demographic processes such as marriage, fertility, and mortality, especially with regards to the intergenerational effects of increases in women's education. She also studies why different subgroups acquire different levels of schooling, differences in age patterns of school entry and completion, and how educational inequalities persist or change. Another line of research examines the role that schooling plays in the production of health inequalities, and whether and how these pathways differ across groups.
Recent Publications and Working Papers
- V. Maralani. “The Demography of Social Mobility: Black-White Differences in the Process of Educational Reproduction”. Forthcoming in American Journal of Sociology
- V. Maralani. 2013. “Educational Inequalities in Smoking: The Role of Initiation versus Quitting”. Social Science & Medicine.
- E. Berchick, W. Gallo, V. Maralani, and S. Kasl. 2012. “The Effect of Inequality on the Association between Involuntary Job Loss and Depressive Symptoms.” Social Science & Medicine
- V. Maralani. “Understanding the Links between Education and Smoking”. (revise and resubmit)
- V. Maralani and D. McKee. “Is Obesity in the Eye of the Beholder? How standard BMI categories miss the story for socioeconomic outcomes”.
- V. Maralani. “An Unequal Start: The Alignment of Education and Smoking in Families of Origin”.
- V. Maralani and D. McKee. “The Intergenerational Transmission of Smoking and Schooling”.
- SOCY 118, Numbers and Society (Demography).
- SOCY 162, Methods in Quantitative Sociology.
- SOCY 314, Inequality in America.
- SOCY 361, Demography Gender and Health.
- SOCY 543, Demography Gender and Health.
- SOCY 558, Topics in Social Stratification.
- SOCY 580, Methods in Quantitative Sociology.
- SOCY 581, Intermediate Methods in Quantitative Sociology.
- SOCY 595, Inequality & Life Course Workshop.