Liza G. Steele

Assistant Professor of Sociology

City University of New York (CUNY)

John Jay College of Criminal Justice


I am an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the City University of New York (CUNY), John Jay College of Criminal Justice doing research at the nexus of Sociology and Political Science. My research has been published in journals such as Social Forces, Social Science Quarterly, and Social Indicators Research.

I research attitudes towards income inequality, immigrants, and social welfare policies ("social policy preferences" or "preferences for redistribution"), and am a co-founder of the Social Policy Preferences Network. 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.

Previously, I was an Assistant Professor of Sociology and Latin American Studies at the State University of New York (SUNY), Purchase. 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.

Email: lsteele at alumni dot princeton dot edu


  • Special Issue on Attitudes about Inequalities: 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 (with Nate Breznau). Early access articles are starting to be posted here.
  • To be included in updates about a gathering of members of the Social Policy Preferences Network for drinks at the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, email socialpolicyprefs at gmail dot com.
  • I am co-organizing a panel on "Attitudes towards Foreigners in Europe" at the 4th International Conference of the European Social Survey at the University of Mannheim, Germany. The call for proposals is available here, and submission information is here (deadline 30 November 2018)
  • Interview with WalletHub on ethnic diversity and American cities