Class-in-Race Scholar

Jennifer Hochschild is studying class-based tensions within racial and ethnic groups in American metropolitan areas. Although boundaries around groups profoundly affect institutions of governance, policy choices, political contests, life chances, and opinions, disagreements within groups also have a long and important history. As economic inequality grows within groups as well as in the American population as a whole, well-off and poor whites, blacks, Latinos, and Asian Americans have increasingly different life experiences, with political and policy implications.  With Vesla Weaver of Yale University, Hochschild is studying class-in-race through a new national public opinion survey and case studies of disputes in four metropolitan areas – policing in New York, gentrification in Atlanta, schooling in Los Angeles, and pensions and budgeting in Chicago.