Liza G. Steele

Assistant Professor of Sociology and Latin American Studies

The State University of New York (SUNY) at Purchase

I am an Assistant Professor of Sociology and Latin American Studies at the State University of New York (SUNY), Purchase doing research at the nexus of Sociology and Political Science. I received my PhD in Sociology from Princeton University in 2013, and hold Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Political Science and International Affairs from Columbia University.

Currently, I research attitudes towards income inequality and social welfare policies ("social policy preferences" or "preferences for redistribution"). This ongoing work on policy preferences is divided into two lines of research: (1) diversity and migration, and (2) wealth, elites, and social mobility. More generally, my research focuses on how social stratification and economic inequality affect the development of beliefs, attitudes, and values through the lens of cross-national comparison. My previous research includes in-depth studies of Brazil and China. I use both quantitative and qualitative methods in my research, and have a working knowledge of French, Chinese, Portuguese, and Spanish.

Email: liza dot steele at purchase dot edu


Interview with WalletHub on ethnic diversity and American cities

Call for Papers: I am guest editing a special issue of Societies, an interdisciplinary open-access journal (with no costs for authors), on attitudes about inequalities, broadly defined. For more details, see the complete call for papers here.