S. Michael Gaddis

“Education has its limits — even a Harvard degree cannot make DaQuan as enticing as Charlie to employers.”

As of July 2022, I will be an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of California – Los Angeles. I am also a Faculty Fellow with the California Center for Population Research, and a Faculty Affiliate with the Center for Social Statistics. I received a Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I was previously a Robert Wood Johnson Scholar in Health Policy Research at the University of Michigan and an Assistant Professor of Sociology and Demography at Penn State University.

 

My research interests include inequality, race & ethnicity, discrimination, labor markets, sociology of education, higher education, mental health & stigma, correspondence audits, and experimental methods. I use field and survey experiments to examine levels of discrimination in employment and housing as well as the conditions under which racial discrimination occurs. My work in educational inequality explores how education policy, social capital, and cultural capital influence academic achievement and attainment. In other research, I investigate differences in mental health conditions, stigma, and the use of mental health treatment services on college campuses. Overall, my research provides evidence of inequality in the U.S. related to race/ethnicity, social class, and education.

 

In early 2022, my research and legal consulting directly led to an experimental change on the Airbnb platform in an effort to reduce discrimination. I currently consult for the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division on methodological issues related to racial discrimination.

 

In 2018, I published a book on the experimental method used to investigate discrimination titled Audit Studies: Behind the Scenes with Theory, Method, and Nuance. My research has been published in numerous journals such as the American Journal of Sociology, Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, Proceedings of the National Academy of SciencesSocial Forces, Social Science & Medicine, and Sociological Science and has been funded by the National Academy of Education, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Russell Sage Foundation, and the Spencer Foundation. In 2020, I was named Honorable Mention for the Distinguished Early Career Award by the American Sociological Association’s Section on Racial and Ethnic Minorities.

 

I have been interviewed by and/or my work has been covered by The Boston Globe, The Economist, Education Week, Fortune, The GuardianHarvard Business Review, Inside Higher Ed, The Los Angeles Times, NBC LXPBS NewsHour, Psychology Today, and Times Higher Education. I have written op-eds for The Atlanta Journal-ConstitutionThe Hill, and Times Higher Education. I also write on Medium.

Academic Positions

  • Present2022

    Associate Professor of Sociology

    University of California, Los Angeles

  • 20222017

    Assistant Professor of Sociology

    University of California, Los Angeles

  • 20172015

    Assistant Professor of Sociology

    Pennsylvania State University

  • 20152013

    Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Scholar in Health Policy Research

    University of Michigan, School of Public Health

Education & Training

  • Ph.D. 2013

    Ph.D., Sociology

    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

  • M.A. 2009

    M.A., Sociology

    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

  • B.B.A. 2007

    B.B.A., Management Information Systems

    University of Georgia

  • A.B. 2007

    A.B., Sociology

    University of Georgia

Recent Publications

  • 2022
    COVID-19 Vaccine Rollouts and the Reproduction of Urban Spatial Inequality: Disparities Within Large U.S. Cities in March and April 2021 by Racial/Ethnic and Socioeconomic Composition
    DiRago, Nicholas V., Meiying Li, Thalia Tom, Will Schupmann, Yvonne Carrillo, Colleen M. Carey, and S. Michael Gaddis. “COVID-19 Vaccine Rollouts and the Reproduction of Urban Spatial Inequality: Disparities Within Large U.S. Cities in March and April 2021 by Racial/Ethnic and Socioeconomic Composition.” Journal of Urban Health.
  • 2021
    The Generational Boundaries of Educational Advantage: Does Great-Grandparent Educational Attainment Predict Great-Grandchild Early Academic Achievement?
    Evans, Megan, Jonathan Daw, and S. Michael Gaddis. “The Generational Boundaries of Educational Advantage: Does Great-Grandparent Educational Attainment Predict Great-Grandchild Early Academic Achievement?” Socius: Sociological Research for a Dynamic World, 7:1-22.
  • 2021
    Priming COVID-19 Salience Increases Prejudice and Discriminatory Intent Against Asians and Hispanics
    Lu, Yao, Neeraj Kaushal, Xiaoning Huang, and S. Michael Gaddis. “Priming COVID-19 Salience Increases Prejudice and Discriminatory Intent Against Asians and Hispanics.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 118(36):1-7.
  • 2020
    Searching for a Roommate: A Correspondence Audit Examining Racial/Ethnic and Immigrant Discrimination among Millennials.
    Gaddis, S. Michael, and Raj Ghoshal. “Searching for a Roommate: A Correspondence Audit Examining Racial/Ethnic and Immigrant Discrimination among Millennials.” Socius: Sociological Research for a Dynamic World, 6:1-16.
  • 2020
    Variations in Endorsed Mental Health Treatment Stigma across U.S. Higher Education Institutions
    Gaddis, S. Michael, Daniel Ramirez, and Erik L. Hernandez. “Variations in Endorsed Mental Health Treatment Stigma across U.S. Higher Education Institutions.” Stigma and Health, 5(3):323-330.
  • 2020
    Enhancing Big Data in the Social Sciences with Crowdsourcing: Data Augmentation Practices, Techniques, and Opportunities
    Porter, Nathaniel D., Ashton M. Verdery, and S. Michael Gaddis. “Enhancing Big Data in the Social Sciences with Crowdsourcing: Data Augmentation Practices, Techniques, and Opportunities.” PLoS ONE, 15(6):1-21.
  • 2020
    3Ms of 3G: Testing Three Mechanisms of Three-Generational Educational Mobility in the U.S.
    Daw, Jonathan, S. Michael Gaddis, and Anne Roback Morse. “3Ms of 3G: Testing Three Mechanisms of Three-Generational Educational Mobility in the U.S.” Research in Social Stratification and Mobility, 66:1-23.

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