Yuval Elmelech

Associate Professor of Sociology; Director; Sociology Program; Director, Social Policy Concentration; Research Associate, Levy Economics Institute

Academic Program Affiliation(s): Jewish Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, Sociology

Academic Expertise: Sociology

Area of Specialization: Social stratification, social demography


B.A., M.A., Tel Aviv University; Ph.D., Columbia University. Fellowships: Public Policy Consortium (2000), Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy (2000), Paul Lazarsfeld Fellowship (1995�2000), all at Columbia University. Research grants: National Science Foundation (1999); Seed Grant, Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy, Columbia University (2001); Russell Sage Foundation (co-investigator, 2005). Author of Transmitting Inequality: Wealth and the American Family (2008). Articles and book chapters in Social Science and Medicine; Social Forces; Social Science Research; Sociological Inquiry; Megamot; Housing Studies; Russian Jews on Three Continents; Wealth Accumulation and Communities of Color in the United States; Global Aging and Challenges to Families. At Bard since 2001.


  • Research Interests: Poverty; Wealth Inequality and intergenerational transfers; Immigration and racial/ethnic inequality; Marriage and family
  • Teaching Interests: Social inequality; Sociology of the family; Social problems; Israeli society; Research methods (quantitative)
  • Other Interests: Gender inequality; Attitudes toward family transfers; Homeownership and housing inequality


2012-12-01 — Publication
"Ethnic Inequality in the Education of Immigrants and Second Generation Immigrants: A Reexamination." Megamot: 48 (3-4): 486-503 (with J Perlmann).

2012-01-01 — Publication
"Housing Inequality in the United States: Explaining the White-Minority Disparities in Homeownership" in Housing Studies 27 (1): 1-26 (with S. DeSilva)

2010-11-01 — Publication
"Immigrant Parents’ Attributes versus Discrimination: New Evidence in the Debate about the Creation of Second Generation Educational Outcomes in Israel." Levy Institute Working Paper No. 633 (with J. Perlmann).
Website: http://www.levyinstitute.org/publications/?docid=1324

2009 — Publication
“Housing Inequality in the United States: A Decomposition Analysis of Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Homeownership.” Levy Institute Working paper No. 565 (with S. DeSilva).
Website: http://www.levy.org/vdoc.aspx?docid=1150

2008-06-12 — Interview
Radio interview about the book Transmitting Inequality in the program Behind the News with host Doug Henwood. WBAI, 99.5 FM. Thursday, June 12th 2008.

2008 — Publication
Transmitting Inequality: Wealth and the American Family. 2008. Rowman and Littlefield Publishers Inc.


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