The mission of the Inequalities Center is to produce understanding about the inequalities that both divide us and influence our chances for a healthy life; we are dedicated to uncovering and bringing to light the processes connecting social inequalities and health conditions. We seek this understanding for three principal reasons:

  1. Misunderstandings are often used to justify the inequalities we seek to reduce and are also an ongoing burden for those who are subjected to them.

  2. Understanding inequalities may also embolden efforts to reduce them - when the sources of inequalities become transparent, it becomes harder to stand idly by.

  3. The actions of policy makers and citizens are less likely to reflect these misconceptions when knowledge is available.

Our Goals

The goals of the Center are to:

  • Produce knowledge about inequalities and health through research that bears a strong theoretical foundation and a high degree of empirical rigor.

  • Contribute to the dissemination of knowledge about inequality and health locally, nationally, and across international borders

  • Train and mentor a new generation of scholars who have the capacity to conduct research on inequality and its relation to health.

  • Promote racial, ethnic, gender, and socioeconomic diversity in the faculty, staff, and student body of the Mailman School of Public Health and Columbia University, and to increase awareness of diversity issues among faculty and administration.