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 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. 


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.

Fall Term 2021
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

Winter Term 2021 Winter Term 2022
SOC 415 - Applied Research Internship

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

Winter Term 2021 Winter Term 2022
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

Fall Term 2021
SOC 503 - Conference Course in Sociology for Graduate Students

Fall Term 2021

Browse more courses taught by Michelle Maroto


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