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).


POL S 528 - Topics in the Politics of Public Administration

Selected topics in the practice of public administration; content may vary from year to year.

SOC 404 - Individual Empirical Research Project

Individual research project conducted under the supervision of a faculty member. Course must involve empirical or applied research for which the student is responsible. Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor and the Undergraduate Advisor.

SOC 408 - Honors Thesis 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.

SOC 456 - Data Analysis and Research

A practical approach to social science research that focuses on methods for preparing, analyzing, and presenting data. Prerequisite: SOC 100 or consent of instructor

SOC 503 - Conference Course in Sociology for Graduate Students

SOC 504 - Conference Course in Sociology for Graduate Students

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Featured Publications

Pettinicchio, David, Michelle Maroto, and Jen D. Brooks

Contemporary Sociology . 2022 July; 51 (4):249-270 10.1177/00943061221103313

Rios-Avila, Fernando and Michelle Maroto

Sociological Methods and Research. 2022 January; Online First 10.1177/00491241211036165

Maroto, Michelle Lee, David Pettinicchio, and Andrew Patterson

Gender & Society. 2019 January; 33 (1):64-93

Maroto, Michelle Lee

Demography. 2018 January; 55 (6):2257-2282

Maroto, Michelle Lee

Journal of Marriage and Family. 2017 January; 79 (4):1041-1059