Mariko Chang, PhD, is the author of the new book, Shortchanged: Why Women Have Less Wealth and What Can Be Done About It. She is the main author of the Spring 2010 report “Lifting As We Climb: Women of Color, Wealth, and America’s Future" and coauthor of the recent report, "At Rope's End: Single Women Mothers, Wealth and Assets in the U.S." Dr. Chang has a PhD in Sociology from Stanford University and was an Associate Professor of Sociology at Harvard University from 1998 to 2007 where she published work on occupational sex segregation across countries, the use of social networks for gathering financial information and began her work on the gender wealth gap. She is also a member of the Insight Center for Community Economic Development’s Experts of Color Clearinghouse, a Featured Expert at the National Council for Research on Women, and an Affiliate Scholar at the Women of Color Policy Network at NYU Wagner.
She currently works as an independent consultant with two specialties:
- Researching the wealth gap, especially as it pertains to women and minorities
- External evaluation of grants that seek to increase faculty diversity and bring under-represented groups into STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics).
- NSF: ADVANCE, IGERT, LSAMP, Research on Gender in Science and Engineering