Mariko Chang, PhD


Independent Consultant specializing in Faculty Diversity and Program Evaluation

Johns Hopkins University                                                                             
Dec. 2012-present
Evaluation consultant for the Johns Hopkins University Institute for NanoBioTechnology


  • Developing surveys to:
    • assess the impact of the predoctoral training program on students during the training and after completing PhD
    • understand student experiences at various points of the training
    • provide feedback to refine and improve the program
    • collect appropriate and hiqh-quality data to be provided to funding agencies such as NIH and NSF
  • Consultation on interpretation of findings and appropriate benchmarking

Iowa State University                                                                             
Aug. 2012-present
External evaluator for NSF-LSAMP (Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation) grant, “IINSPIRE: Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska STEM Partnership for Innovation in Research and Education"


  • Working with internal evaluation team to produce logic model and define measurable outcomes
  • Evaluating communication, cooperation, and program implementation across 16 institutions, including community colleges, private institutions, and public universities
  • Measuring short- and long-term outcomes for students, faculty, and institutions

Syracuse University                                                                             
March 2012-present
External Evaluator for NSF Advance-IT grant, "The Inclusive Connective Corridor (ICC): Social Networks and the ADVANCEment of Women STEM Faculty"


  • Developing matrix linking program goals with evaluation metrics
  • Conducting formative and summative evaluation
  • Reviewing data and analyses from interviews, surveys, and social network analysis

Purdue University                                                                             
Dec. 2011-present
Evaluation consultant for NSF Advance-IT grant, "ADVANCE Purdue"


  • Working with existing internal and external evaluation team to coordinate evaluation activities
  • Refining existing evaluation efforts to help track progress toward goals
  • Providing feedback to enhance future evaluation work

Iowa State University                                                                             
Dec. 2010-present
External evaluator for NSF-I3 (Innovation through Institutional Integration) grant, “Strengthening the Professoriate at Iowa State University (SP@ISU): A Campus Network to Enable Strong Science and Diverse Communities"


  • Developing logic model and evaluation plan
  • Establishing measurable benchmarks to measure program effectiveness
  • Developing quantitative and qualitative measures to evaluate achievement of program goals
  • Working with multiple stakeholders (university administration, faculty, departments, independent programs) toward common goals

Montana State University                                                                             
Feb. 2010-present
External evaluator for NSF-funded grant, “Supportive Communities: How Gender Impacts the Native American Experience of STEM Fields”


  • Designing formative and summative program evaluation
  • Creating interview and focus group protocols
  • Analysis of program effectiveness, using data from interviews, focus groups, observation, and institutional and program data
  • Written evaluation of program activities, goals, and effectiveness

University of New Hampshire
Sept. 2009-present
External evaluator for the University of New Hampshire NSF Advance PAID grant, "Enhancing and Advancing the Scholarship of STEM Women Faculty at the University of New Hampshire"


  • Designing formative and summative program evaluation, including logic model
  • Creating protocols and conducting interviews, focus groups, and observations to measure progress toward program goals
  • Constructing and analyzing workshop surveys
  • Working with program leaders and university administration to advance program initiatives by providing interim evaluations and feedback
  • Providing written evaluation of the program’s progress

Harvard University                                                                                
Feb. 2008-Sept. 2009
Hired by the Office of Faculty Development and Diversity at Harvard University to conduct their first Pre-Tenure Ladder Minority Faculty Study


  • Developing qualitative interview questions that build upon the existing theoretical framework of ways that pre-tenure experiences may differ for minority faculty
  • Interviewing 47 faculty, obtaining a response rate of 82%
  • Analyzing findings and producing a written report distributed to Harvard’s President, Office of Faculty Development and Diversity, deans, and the wider Harvard community
  • Presenting results to faculty and administrators

National Science Foundation Panelist, Advance Grants (IT and PAID)                
2012, 2011, 2008, 2003


  • Reviewing proposals for intellectual merit and broader impacts
  • Writing summaries for panel review
  • Working with the panel to make funding recommendations to program officers

Managing Director, Brown University Advance-IT Program               
Jan.-Nov. 2007
(5-year, $3.3 million dollar grant)


  • Implementing program initiatives, including department chair workshops, visiting scholars program, leadership program, and career development awards
  • Leading working groups of faculty and administrators to develop and implement new programs and develop supporting materials
  • Participating in a working group to research and develop new dependent care policies and resources for faculty
  • Communicating program goals with faculty, department chairs, and other university administrators
  • Analyzing search, hiring, tenure, and promotion data to track progress towards program goals
  • Conducting salary equity analyses (utilizing multiple regression)
  • Preparing written annual reports to NSF and other documents outlining program goals and progress
  • Researching relevant policies at other institutions and suggesting modifications to suit Brown’s structure and culture
  • Creating “buy-in” from different constituencies for current and new policies
  • Working effectively with other university offices, including the Office of Institutional Diversity, the Dean of the Faculty’s Office, the Office of the Provost, and the Office of the Vice President for Research

Assoc. Professor of Sociology and of Social Studies, Harvard University   
(Assistant Professor 1998-2002)

Research and Teaching Interests:

  • Gender and racial wealth inequality
  • Economic Sociology
  • How policies such as affirmative action and paid parental leave impact patterns of occupational sex segregation cross-nationally
  • Relationship between the labor market and social stratification of women and minorities
  • Quantitative and qualitative data analysis


Ph.D. in Sociology, Stanford University (1998)

M.A. in Sociology, Stanford University (1991)

B.A. in Sociology, University of California at Santa Barbara (1990)



Chang, Mariko Lin and Dedrick Muhammad. August 14, 2012. "Valuing Families and Our Nation's Economic Future: The Joys and Economic Penalties of Parenting."

Chang, Mariko Lin. June 5, 2012. “Pass Law to Expose Unfair Pay.”

Chang, Mariko Lin. May 11, 2012. "The Government Must Make a Serious Investment in Higher Education." Huffington Post:

Muhammad, Dedrick and Mariko Lin Chang. March 27, 2012. "Wealth Inequality and Women of Color: A National Emergency." Huffington Post:

Chang, Mariko Lin and Dedrick Muhammad. December 14, 2011. "Wealth, The Gift That Keeps on Giving." Huffington Post:

Chang, Mariko Lin. November 23, 2011. "College Debt Threatens the Hopes and Dreams of Minority Students." The Hill:

Chang, Mariko Lin. April 12, 2011. "Five Myths About Why Women Earn Less Than Men." Washington Post:

Chang, Mariko Lin. April 12, 2011. "On Equal Pay Day, Busting 4 Top Myths About the Wage Gap." Ms. Magazine:

Chang, Mariko Lin. December 16, 2010. "Go ahead. Raise the retirement age. Who can afford to retire anyway?" OUP Blog.

Chang, Mariko Lin. November 22, 2010. "Paycheck Fairness Act Fails in Senate" OUP Blog.

Chang, Mariko Lin. 2010. Shortchanged: Why Women Have Less Wealth and What Can be Done about It. NY: Oxford University Press.

Chang, Mariko and C. Nicole Mason. 2010. "At Rope's End: Single Women Mothers, Wealth and Assets in the U.S." Women of Color Policy Network at NYU Wagner.

Chang, Mariko Lin. Summer 2010. "Fact Sheet: Women and Wealth in the United States." Sociologists for Women in Society Network News Volume 27, Issue 2.

Chang, Mariko Lin. March 2010. “Lifting As We Climb: Women of Color, Wealth, and America’s Future.” Insight Center for Community Economic Development.

Chang, Mariko Lin. January 28, 2010. “Closing the wealth gap between men and women.” Reuters.

Chang, Mariko Lin. 2006. “Gender and Wealth.” Chapter 4 in Wealth Accumulation and Communities of Color in the United States: Current Issues, edited by Jessica Gordon Nembhard and Ngina Chiteji.  University of Michigan Press.

Chang, Mariko Lin. 2005. “With A Little Help From My Friends (and My Financial Planner): Racial Differences in the Search for Financial Information” Social Forces 83: 1469-1498.

Chang, Mariko Lin. 2004. “Growing Pains: Cross-National Variation in Sex Segregation in Sixteen Developing Countries.” American Sociological Review 69:114-167.

Charles, Maria, Mariko Lin Chang, and Joon Han. 2004. “Gender and Age in the Japanese Labor Market, 1950-1995.” Chapter 6 in Occupational Ghettos: The Worldwide Segregation of Women and Men, edited by Maria Charles and David Grusky. CA: Stanford University Press.

Chang, Mariko Lin. 2000. “The Evolution of Sex Segregation Regimes.” American Journal of Sociology 105:1658-1701.

Szelenyi, Szonja and Mariko Lin Chang.  1998.  “Where Have Al the Cadres Gone?  The Fate of the Old Elite in Post-Communist Hungary.”  Chapter 6 in Equality By Design: The Grand Experiment in Destratification in Socialist Hungary by Szonja Szelenyi.  CA: Stanford University Press.

Book Reviews

Shapiro, Thomas M. and Edward N. Wolff (eds.), Assets for the Poor: The Benefits of Spreading Asset Ownership, in Contemporary Sociology, Nov. 2002: 683-4.



November 2012. “Women and Poverty.” (Re)Discovering Harrington's Other America: A Symposium on Poverty Since the Great Society. The Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University.

September 2012. “Measuring and Understanding the Racial Wealth Gap.” CFED Assets Learning Conference. Washington, D.C.

June 2012. “Understanding the Wealth Gap for Women of Color.” Keynote Speaker, National Science Foundation STEM Women of Color Conclave. Washington, D.C.

March 2012. “Closing the Women's Wealth Gap.” Keynote Speaker, Women's Day at the Capitol, Permanent Commission on the Status of Women, Hartford, CT.

November 2011. “Effective Strategies for External Program Evaluation” and "IT Reviews-Comments and Expectations." National Science Foundation ADVANCE Program Meeting, Arlington, VA.

November 2011. “Making Economic Equality a Reality: Narrowing the Wealth Gap.” Massachusetts NOW State Annual Meeting, Boston, MA.

October 2011. “Shortchanged: Understanding the Women's Wealth Gap.” Harvard University Kennedy School of Government, Women and Public Policy Program, Cambridge, MA.

July 2011. “Economic Justice Workshop.” National Association for the Advancement of Colored People 102nd Annual Convention, Los Angeles, CA.

June 2011. “Shortchanged: The Women’s Wealth Gap.” Washington Asset Build Coalition: Building Assets, Strengthening Communities Conference, Yakima, WA.

June 2011. “Author Session: Shortchanged: Why Women Have Less Wealth and What Can Be Done about It.” American Association of University Women National Convention, Washington, D.C.

June, 2011. "Change Strategies that Pay" Grantmakers for Children, Youth, and Families: Second Biennial Policy Summit, Washington, D.C.

May, 2011. "At Rope's End: Single Mothers, Wealth, and Assets in the U.S." Stepping Stones Research Briefing, Urban Institute, Washington, D.C.

May, 2011. "The Women's Wealth Gap: What We Need to Know." 2011 Personal Finance Seminar for Professionals, University of Maryland, Annapolis, MD.

April, 2011. "What Policies Help Us Achieve Equitable Growth?" Center for American Progress: "Prosperity 2050" Conference on Economic Growth, Washington, D.C.

April, 2011. "Children and Parents: Wealth Accounts for Kids and Wealth Building for Better Parents." 2011 Color of Wealth Policy Summit, Washington, D.C.

March, 2011. "Driving Toward the Horizon: Innovative Frameworks and Strategies for Building Economic Security." Wider Opportunities for Women National Partners Summit, Washington, D.C.

February 2011.  Beyond the Stalled Revolution Series: Shortchanged.  Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford University, CA.

November 2010.  “Research Spotlight-Lifting as We Climb: Women of Color, Wealth, and America’s Future.”  Brokering Change: A Wall Street Multicultural Women’s Exchange, Goldman Sachs, New York.

October 2010. “Root Causes of the Racial Wealth Gap and Solutions to Promoting Economic Justice for All.” Illinois Asset Building Group Conference, Illinois.

October 2010. Keynote speaker, Xerox Corporation Black Women’s Leadership Council Sister to Sister Call.

October 2010. “Reinvesting in Women and Families: Developing an Economy for the Future.” National Council for Research on Women Economic Summit, New York.

September 2010. “The Intersection of Race, Gender, and Wealth.” Corporation for Enterprise Development, Washington D.C.

September 2010. “Women and Wealth.” Women Administrators in Higher Education Annual Conference, Washington D.C.

July 2010. “Owning It: Empowering Women to Make Sound Financial Decisions.” National Council of La Raza Annual Conference, Texas.

May 2010. “The Intersection of Gender, Race, and Wealth.”  2010 Microenterprise Conference and Training Institute, Washington D.C.

March 2010. Keynote Speaker. “Economic Security For Women: Wealth Building for Women of Color as a Strategy for Long-Term Economic Recovery.” Insight Center for Community Economic Development Women of Color and Wealth Symposium, Washington D.C.

July 2009.  “Women and Wealth: Strategies to Thrive in Tough Economic Times.” New America Foundation Public Policy Forum, California.

July 2009.  “The Gender Wealth Gap: Why It’s Central to the Racial Wealth Gap.”  Howard University, Washington D.C.

August, 2007.  “Women and Wealth Accumulation.”  Conference on The Future of Science at Montana State University, sponsored by an NSF ADVANCE Leadership Grant.

October, 2004. “The Gender Wealth Gap.”  Symposium at the University of Maryland: Wealth Accumulation: How Race, Ethnicity, and Gender Matter.

August, 2004. “His and Hers: Explaining the Gender Wealth Gap.”  Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association, California.

June, 2003. “Gender Differences in Wealth Attainment.”  Annual Meeting of the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, Washington D.C.

March, 2003. “Women, Men, and Wealth.”  Women and Assets Summit, Washington D.C.

August, 2001. “With A Little Help from My Friends (and My Financial Planner).”  Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association, California.

June, 2000. “Savings and Investment Decisions: Are They Black and White?”  Summer Institute on Social Inequality and Social Policy, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.

April, 2000. “The Evolution of Occupational Sex Segregation Regimes Across 14 Industrialized Countries, 1960-1990.”   Wiener Inequality and Social Policy Seminar, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.

August, 1997. “Continuity and Change in Japanese Occupational Sex Segregation, 1950-90.” Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association, Canada

April, 1995. “Maternity Leave and Women’s Family and Career Formation in Estonia.”  Annual Meeting of the Population Association of America, San Francisco, California.



  • Harvard University - Assistant and Associate Professor, Departments of Sociology and Social Studies
    • Income and Wealth Inequality, 1999-2006
    • Statistics for Social Studies, 1999-2006
    • Social Stratification, 1999-2003
    • The Labor Market in Comparative Perspective, 1999-2000
    • Economic Sociology, 2000-2006
    • Colloquium in Sociology, 2003
  • San Jose State University - Instructor, Department of Sociology
    Sociology of the Family, 1998
  • Stanford University - Instructor, Department of Sociology
    Social Stratification, 1993-95

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