Annette Lareau, Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Endowed Term Professor in the Social Sciences


Annette Lareau CV


University of California, Berkeley, Ph.D., 1984

University of California, Berkeley, M.A., 1978

University of California, Santa Cruz, B.A., with highest honors, 1974



Undergraduate Courses

Introduction to Sociology - Fall 2011 Syllabus

Seminar, Rich and Poor Syllabus- Spring 2009 Syllabus

Sociological Fieldwork- Fall 2011 Syllabus

Graduate Courses

Sociology of the Family- Spring 2011 Syllabus


Research Projects: 

      The second edition of Unequal Childhoods was published in      
     September 2011.

     The updated edition includes the results of a follow-up study
     conducted a decade after the original reseach when the young
     adults were 19 and 20 years of age. The updated edition has          100 pages of new text.

     University of California Press has useful resources for  instructors including PowerPoint slides for each chapter in the  book, copies of the tables in the  book, and other materials. The  materials can be accessed on the University  of California  Press website (




Lareau, Annette. 2012. Using the Terms "Hypothesis" and "Variable" in Qualitative Work: A Critical Reflection. Journal of Marriage and the Family.

Lareau, Annette and Vanessa Lopes Munoz, 2012, "'You're Not Going to Call the Shots': Structural Conflict Between the Principal and the PTO in a Suburban Public Elementary School. Sociology of Education

Lareau Annette and Amanda Cox. 2011. "Social Class and the Transition to Adulthood: Differences in Parents' Interactions with Institutions." Pp.  134-164 in Marcia Carlson and Paula England (Ed.), Social Class and Changing Families in an Unequal America. Stanford: Stanford University Press.

Lareau, Annette (2009) Narrow questions, narrow answers: the limited value of randomized controlled trials for education research. in Pamela Barnhouse Walters and Sheri Ranis (2009) Education research on trial : policy reform and the call for scientific rigor. Milton Park, Oxon; New York, N.Y.: Routledge.

Weininger, Elliot B. and Annette Lareau. 2009. "An Ethnographic Extension of Kohn's Findings on Conformity and Self-Direction in Childrearing. Journal of Marriage and Family.

Lareau, A., & Weininger, E. (2008). Time, work, and family life: Reconceptualizing gendered time patterns through the case of children's organized activities. Sociological Forum23(3), 419-454. doi: 10.1111/j.1573-7861.2008.00085.x

Horvat, E. M., Weininger, E., & Lareau, A. (2003). From social ties to social capital: Class differences in the relations between schools and parent networks.American Educational Research Association,40(2), 319-351.

Lareau, Annette and Elliot B. Weininger. 2003. Cultural Capital in Educational Research: A Critical Assessment. Theory and Society. 32 (5/6): 567-606.

Weininger, E., & Lareau, A. (2003). Translating bourdieu into the american context: the question of social class and family-school relations. Poetics31, 375-402.

Lareau, Annette. 2002. "Invisible Inequality: Social Class and Childrearing in Black Families and White Families." American Sociological Review. 67 (5): 747-776.

Lareau, A. (2000). My wife can tell me who I know: Methodological and conceptual problems in studying fathers. Qualitative Sociology23(4), 407-433.

Lareau, A. (1987). Social class differences in family-school relationships: the importance of cultural capital.Sociology of Education60(2), 73-85.



College of Holy Cross, Center for Religion, Ethics and Culture, March 23, 2012.

          - Video of speech:

Conference in honor the 50th Anniversary of the Publication of Michael Harrington's book *The Other America*.

University of Pennsylvania School of Arts and Sciences Knowledge by the Slice Lecture: "Unequal Childhoods and Unequal Adulthoods", Fall 2011.

Media Appearances: 

Perils of Parenting Article- Penn Gazette, September 2011

PBS Newshour, Conversation with Ray Suarez - 
"How the US Economy, Americans Fared in 2011.” 

National Council on Family Relations- "Family Focus On: Families and Social Class", March 2007

New York Times- David Brooks' "Both Sides of Inequality", March 2009

New York Times OpEd- "The Long-Lost Cousins of the Middle Class", December 2003

University of California Press- "Question and Answers: Unequal Childhoods: Class, Race, and Family Life"


Personal Information: 

Professional Information:
President-Elect, American Sociological Association (2012)



President, American Sociological Association, August 16 - 19, 2014 
San Francisco, California

The American Sociological Association

2014 Theme: "Hard Times: The Impact of Economic Inequality on Families and Individuals"