Michelle Maroto, PhD

Associate Professor, Faculty of Arts - Sociology Dept


Associate Professor, Faculty of Arts - Sociology Dept
(780) 492-0478
6-23 Tory (H.M.) Building
11211 Saskatchewan Drive NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2H4


Area of Study / Keywords

Social Stratification Work & Economy Families Social Statistics Research Methodology


I’m an associate professor in the Sociology Department at the University of Alberta. I joined the department in 2012 after completing my PhD at the University of Washington. My general research interests include social stratification and policy; race, class, and gender inequality; credit and labor markets; economic sociology; organizations; and quantitative and qualitative methods. If you were to ask me about my area, I’d likely tell you that I study social stratification and policy with several research projects that fall under this broad area. Please see my website (michellemaroto.com) for more details on my research and teaching.


My recent research projects have addressed the many dimensions of wealth inequality, the role of household structure in determining economic security, and labor market outcomes for people with different types of disabilities. I am currently embarking on a large-scale mixed methods project, The Great Canadian Class Study, that will bring together secondary data, multiple online surveys, and in-depth interviews to provide a better understanding of the complicated dynamics behind social class in Canada.


I regularly teach stratification, policy, statistics, and methods courses in the department. These courses include Inequality and Social Stratification (SOC 260), Introduction to Social Statistics (SOC 210), Social Structure and Public Policy (SOC 672), Data Analysis and Research (SOC 456), and the recently created Applied Research Internship (SOC 415) course. I'm also the current director for the Certificate in Applied Social Science Research (CASSR).


SOC 210 - Introduction to Social Statistics

Statistical reasoning and techniques used by sociologists to summarize data and test hypotheses. Topics include describing distributions, cross-tabulations, scaling, probability, correlation/regression and non-parametric tests. Prerequisite: SOC 100 or consent of instructor. Note: This course is intended primarily for students concentrating in Sociology

SOC 408 - Honors Essay II

Prerequisites: SOC 407 and consent of instructor and Honors Advisor. Note: Restricted to Sociology Honors students. Closed to web registration.

SOC 415 - Applied Research Internship

Supervised applied research experience and seminar sessions. Prerequisite: SOC 315 or consent of instructor.

Browse more courses taught by Michelle Maroto


The Sociology of Disability-Based Economic Inequality

Author(s): Pettinicchio, David, Michelle Maroto, and Jen D. Brooks
Publication Date: 7/1/2022
Publication: Contemporary Sociology
Volume: 51
Issue: 4
Page Numbers: 249-270
DOI: 10.1177/00943061221103313
External Link: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/00943061221103313

Moving Beyond Linear Regression: Implementing and Interpreting Quantile Regression Models with Fixed Effects.

Author(s): Rios-Avila, Fernando and Michelle Maroto
Publication Date: 2022
Publication: Sociological Methods and Research
Volume: Online First
Page Numbers: 1-44
DOI: 10.1177/00491241211036165
External Link: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/00491241211036165

Hierarchies of Categorical Disadvantage: Incorporating Disability into Intersectional Analyses of Economic Insecurity

Author(s): Maroto, Michelle Lee, David Pettinicchio, and Andrew Patterson
Publication Date: 2019
Publication: Gender & Society
Volume: 33
Issue: 1
Page Numbers: 64-93
External Link: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0891243218794648

Sharing, Saving, or Spending? The Wealth Effects of Raising Children

Author(s): Maroto, Michelle Lee
Publication Date: 2018
Publication: Demography
Volume: 55
Issue: 6
Page Numbers: 2257-2282
External Link: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s13524-018-0716-1

When the Kids Live at Home: Coresidence, Parental Assets, and Economic Insecurity

Author(s): Maroto, Michelle Lee
Publication Date: 2017
Publication: Journal of Marriage and Family
Volume: 79
Issue: 4
Page Numbers: 1041-1059
External Link: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/jomf.12407