"Over roughly 40 years, 70% of the population made it into the top 20% of earners for at least one year, according to researchers at Cornell University and Washington University in St. Louis. But only about 21% remained there for 10 consecutive years, and even fewer clung to the top rung for a solid decade."
Cornell faculty experts including Tom Hirschl and John Sipple, met alongside Cornell Cooperative Extension county leaders, 4-H educators and community partners at the eighth annual Youth Development Research Update, May 30-31 in Ithaca.
Mark Rank (Washington University in St. Louis) and Tom Hirschl (Cornell, Development Sociology) have developed a calculator which can determine an American’s expected risk of poverty based on their race, education level, gender, marital status and age. With support from the Polson Institute for Global Development, they have developed this video to provide an overview of the fundamental concepts.
To develop new knowledge for fighting economic insecurity in upstate New York, a set of leaders has formed a network to collaborate and share best practices. The Program Work Team on Poverty and Economic Hardship, a group of Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) staff, Cornell faculty, community leaders and service providers from across the state, met in person for the first time May 31 in Warren Hall. The goal? To talk about how to improve their work and extend the reach of their programs.
Given our current age of “alternative facts” and “fake news,” moving sociological research into the hands of a wider audience has taken on added importance. And while the discipline has seen vigorous debate about the role and value of public sociology, I have begun to consider how to actively awaken my fellow citizens to what C. Wright Mills described as understanding one’s personal troubles within the context of the sociological imagination—particularly with respect to the dynamics of American poverty and inequality.
Twelve faculty members from seven Cornell departments have been named Engaged Cornell faculty fellows for the 2016-17 academic year. This selective program supports faculty who do community-engaged teaching or research and use their scholarship to address challenges in the world beyond campus.
Tom Hirschl - Appearance on "Inside Story"
Dec 18, 2015
Professor Tom Hirschl recently appeared on a cable show entitled "Inside Story" about the demise of the American middle class. the show is hosed by Ray Suarez, formerly of NPR.
Tom Hirschl - Presentation on Poverty, Economic Hardship, and Resilient Families
Nov 17, 2015
Tom Hirschl delivered a presentation entitled “Poverty, Economic Hardship, and Resilient Families” at the 33rd Annual Breakfast and “Way” Awards Program at the Holiday Inn, Elmira, NY hosted by the Human Relations Commission (HRC) of Chemung County on November 13, 2015.
Tom Hirschl - 2016 Society for Social Work and Research Book Award
Nov 12, 2015
Congratulations to Professor Tom Hirschl, the recipient of the 2016 Society for Social Work and Research Book Award for his book entitled
“Chasing the American Dream: Understanding What Shapes Our Fortunes.”
An article run by Time.com is based on the book Chasing the American Dream by DSOC professor Tom Hirschl, Mark Rank of Washington University in St. Louis and Kirk A. Foster. The book studies income inequality in America.
Tom Hirschl receives extension award
Nov 6, 2014
Faculty member Tom Hirschl was given the award "Friend of Extension, Campus Collaborator" at the annual dinner for Cornell Cooperative Extension-Chemung County. The award honors his work with a poverty reduction coalition in the City of Elmira.
Tom Hirschl interviewed on Fox Business News
Aug 4, 2014
Tom Hirschl was interviewed on the Willis Report portion of the Fox Business News about his book "Chasing the American Dream" on July 8th.
Tom Hirschl discusses book in New America forum
Jul 3, 2014
Tom Hirschl and co-author Mark Rank discussed their book "Chasing the American Dream" in a forum sponsored by New America Foundation.
Tom Hirschl quoted in Cornell Commencement Address
May 28, 2014
Cornell President David Skorton quoted the work of Cornell professor Thomas Hirschl, who co-authored the book “Chasing the American Dream.”
Dr. Hirschl's book was also excerpted online in Salon.
DSOC faculty member Tom Hirschl visited David Brown and colleagues at Newcastle University, UK, in mid-February to work on a project analyzing counter urbanization in England and Wales. The study team recently acquired a longitudinal data file on job commuting, and Tom is assisting with implementing methods in event history analysis. Tom also gave a seminar about his forthcoming book "Chasing the Dream" at Newcastle University.
Faculty member Tom Hirschl and co-author Mark Rank were interviewed by the Austrian newspaper Courier about their book "In Search of the American Dream". The interview was prompted by President Obama's State of the Union speech on January 28th, 2014.
President Obama referenced a study done by DSOC faculty Tom Hirschl and colleague Mark Rank in his remarks about economic mobility : "One study shows that more than half of Americans will experience poverty at some point during their adult lives. Think about that. This is not an isolated situation. More than half of Americans at some point in their lives will experience poverty." The study is from their forthcoming book, Chasing the American Dream, to be published in early March 2014.
Upcoming book by Tom Hirschl reveals the extent of poverty in the US.
Jul 29, 2013
An upcoming book by DSOC faculty member Tom Hirschl and Mark Rank shows that 4 out of 5 adults in the US experience joblessness, near-poverty or reliance on federal assistance at some point during their lives.
Tom Hirschl: The context for research on poverty and economic hardship: the Chemung County project
May 15, 2013
Tom Hirschl gave a presentation to the Action Research Institute "The context for research on poverty and economic hardship: the Chemung County project" at the Tompkins County Cornell Cooperative Extension on May 15.
DSOC Club Hosted Community Dialogue
Feb 26, 2013
The DSOC Club, lead by undergrad Jeremy March and faculty Tom Hirschl, hosted a community dialogue as part of Black History Month on February 26th. Discussion topics included Michael Schwerner, a DSOC graduate who was one of the three civil rights workers murdered in Mississippi in 1964.
Tom Hirschl: Elderly Poverty Trends
Nov 7, 2012
Tom Hirschl gave a presentation in Batavia at a joint meeting between Cornell Cooperative Extension and the Genesee Office for Aging on November 7th. The presentation was focused on elderly poverty trends nationally, and in Genesee County.
Thomas A. Hirschl, et al. "Politics, Religion, and Society: Is The United States Experiencing a Period of Religious-Political Polarization?" Review of European Studies; Vol. 4, No. 4; 2012.
Tom Hirschl and Mark Rank Presented at the Media Retreat
Jul 27, 2012
A research report authored by Tom Hirschl and Mark Rank was presented at the Media Retreat organized by the Weidenbaum Center on the Economy, Government, and Public Policy. The report included life table estimates on life time prevalence of poverty, welfare use, unemployment, affluence, and wealth accumulation.
Tom Hirschl Presented a Talk
Jul 20, 2012
Faculty Tom Hirschl presented a talk "Technological Revolution and Historical Materialism" at a workshop organized by the Institute for the Study of the Science of Society, Chicago, July 20 –23.