Reeve Vanneman

I am a stratification sociologist whose recent research focuses on changing gender inequalities in the United States and India. With Dave Cotter and Joan Hermsen, I am trying to understand why the U.S. gender revolution of the 1970s and 1980s stalled in the 1990s. Recent work with Joanna Motro has been investigating whether changing media themes about working mothers may be an indicator of a cultural shift that contributed to this stalled gender revolution.

With Sonal Desai and colleagues in Delhi at the National Council of Applied Economic Research, I have helped field two waves of the Indian Human Development Survey, a nationwide panel survey 41,554 households. This panel survey collected data in 2005 and 2012 on the relationships of poverty, gender stratification, and social capital on health and education outcomes. Publicly available data are available from ICPSR, files 22626 and 36151.

I teach general survey courses on stratification and inequality at both the graduate and undergraduate levels, as well as more specialized courses on homelessness and research methods for undergraduates.

Office: Art/Sociology 3127   Office hours: Wednesdays 3:30-5:00 or by appt.
Phone: (301) 405-6410   Address: Department of Sociology
3884 Campus Drive
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742-1315
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Twitter: @RVanneman      

Vita (as .pdf file)

Publications (full listing).

    Recent: Myroniuk, Vanneman, and Desai. "Getting a Child through Secondary School and to College in India: The Role of Household Social Capital." Sociology of Development 3(1): 24‐46.

    Recent: Thorat, Vanneman, Desai, and Dubey, "Escaping and Falling into Poverty in India Today" World Development 93: 1017-1037.

    Recent: Motro and Vanneman, "The 1990s Shift in the Media Portrayal of Working Mothers." Sociological Forum 30(December): 1017-1037.

 Indian Human Development Survey (IHDS)


Indian district database project

  Gender Inequality Trends


Working Mothers in the Media

Adjusted D-statistic program



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