The Stone Center for Inequality Dynamics (CID) at the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research aims to:

  • produce cutting-edge research on social inequality, especially wealth inequality
  • train the next generation of inequality scholars
  • build data infrastructure and increase data accessibility.

An interdisciplinary group of social scientists

We pursue these aims as an interdisciplinary group of social scientists working in a collaborative space. Our team includes experts on topics such as wealth and income inequality, economic mobility, economic history, economic sociology, and housing. Together, we examine how between-group inequalities are shaped by geographic, political, and institutional contexts.


The center was founded in 2019 at the Institute for Social Research (ISR) as a partnership between ISR, the Institute’s Survey Research Center, and the University of Michigan’s College of Literature, Science, and the Arts. In 2021, the center became the Stone Center for Inequality Dynamics. 

At the Stone Center for Inequality Dynamics, we champion a democratic culture of belonging, accessibility, and accountability. We seek to improve our understanding of effective practices and culture that emphasizes empathy and constructive dialogue. Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion is central to our mission as an organization and an educational institution.

CID Space

The space was democratically designed with faculty and graduate students from the social sciences, as well as the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning. The space was created and furnished to be reconfigured flexibly to support multiple types of work, collaborations, group sizes, formats of presentation, and technology.