Professor and Associate Dean of the Division of Social Sciences
He grew up in Oslo (Norway) and finished undergraduate and masters-level degrees at the University of Oslo before coming to U.S. for graduate studies in 1982. He received a PhD in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin (1987). Before coming to Berkeley in 1988 he taught in the Department of Sociology at Harvard University (1985-1988). Additionally, he spent two years teaching in the Department of Sociology at the University of Oslo (1992-93, 1996-97).
He does research in the areas of social inequality and quantitative methods. His research includes investigating the role of employer discrimination in creating inequality in wages, hiring, and promotions between men and women, as well as the role of family adaptations in this. He draws on large-scale quantitative data from the U.S. and Scandinavia, including quantitative data on large firms.
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