Department of Politics - Princeton University Princeton University

Program on Inequality

Director: Tali Mendelberg, Professor of Politics

The Program on Inequality, in conjunction with the Center for the Study of Democratic Politics and the Department of Politics, hosts an annual interdisciplinary conference, during the Fall semester, on inequality and identity. The conference brings together scholars from across the nation to compare and contrast dimensions of inequality such as race, class, religion, language, or gender.

This conference is in collaboration with Identity Politics Research Group  (IPRG) and co-sponsored by Princeton’s Center for the Study of Democratic Politics (CSDP), Bobst Center for Peace and Justice, and Princeton Research in Experimental Social Sciences (PRESS).

Previous paper topics have included ethnic identity and democracy across the world; the women’s suffrage movement; electoral gatekeepers and the shortage of candidates from the working class; the political legacy of Southern slavery in the United States; and how the structure of language shapes attitudes toward gender equality.

For information on the 3rd annual identity conference, which was held in October 2017, click here.

Advance registration is required and is not open to the public.  For more information about the Program on Inequality’s next Fall conference, please contact Michele Epstein at


Program on Identity – Additional Activities:

  • The Program on Inequality hosts a regular dinner seminar, the Workshop on Race, Ethnicity and Identity (REI), which provides Princeton faculty to present and discuss their works-in-progress and build a local community around research on inequality. Participation is by invitation only.
    • Information on upcoming and past REI events can be found on the Bobst Center’s calendar.
    • For more information on workshops for REI, please contact Wendy Brill at