The Inequality and Policy Research Center (IPRC) and the UC Riverside School of Public Policy will be hosting a one-day conference addressing problems of Class and Inequality. Experts in the field of American politics will discuss how inequality intersects with politics, including voting, political participation, representation and policymaking.

Hosts: Melissa Rogers (CGU) and Benjamin Newman (University of California, Riverside)

Date: April 22, 2022
Location: Burkle Family Building Room 16, Claremont Graduate University

This is an in-person event that can be viewed remotely by Zoom.

For Zoom, register here

If you attend the conference in person, please fill out a Registration Form and the CGU Campus Visitor Registration Form in advance as well as review the CGU campus visiting protocol for the COVID-19 pandemic. The direct URL for the Campus Visitor Registration form is

Conference Program

FRIDAY, APRIL 22, 2022

9:30 am – 10 am
Check-in, Breakfast

10 am – 10:15 am
Introduction to Conference: Co-hosts Melissa Rogers (IPRC) and Ben Newman (UC Riverside School of Public Policy)

10:15 am – 11:00 am
Nick Carnes (Duke University) – Why the Rich Govern: New Data on Working Class Officeholding in the World’s Democracies

11:05 am – 11:30 am
Dan Thompson (UCLA) – Who Becomes a Member of Congress? Evidence from De-Anonymized Census Data

11:35 am – 12 pm
Kris-Stella Trump (University of Memphis) – Who Is Rich? (Attempts At) Asking Reasonable Survey Questions about Economic Inequality

12:05 pm – 12:30 pm
William Franko (West Virginia University) – Class Politics in the United States: Unions, Policy Attitudes, and Voting

12:30 pm – 1:15 pm

1:15 pm – 2:00 pm
Eunji Kim (Vanderbilt University) – The American Mirage: How the Media Upholds Meritocracy in an Age of Inequality

2:05 pm – 2:30 pm
Ariel White (MIT) – More Money, More Turnout? Minimum Wage Increases and Voting

2:35 pm – 3 pm
Sean Diament (Swarthmore College, Zoom) – Rhetorical Construction and Division of the Poor in Congress, 1933-1946

3 pm – 3:15 pm
Coffee break

3:15 pm – 3:40 pm
Elizabeth Mitchell Elder (Princeton University) – The Long-Term Effects of Neighborhood Context on Political Behavior: Re-Evaluating the Impact of the Moving to Opportunity Experiment

3:45 pm – 4:30 pm
Amber Wichowsky (Marquette University) and Meghan Condon (Loyola Chicago) – The Economic Other: Inequality in the American Political Imagination