Sigal Alon

Dr. Alon is a Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology and the Head of The B. I. Cohen Inst. for Public Opinion Research at Tel-Aviv University. Her main research interests include social stratification and mobility, with an emphasis on the sociology of work and organizations and sociology of education. Her work focuses on unveiling the dynamics and historical processes underlying class, gender, and racial-ethnic inequalities in the labor market and educational attainment, and the extent to which public policy do narrow these inequalities. Alon’s perspective is interdisciplinary and comparative, taking into account employment/educational processes and outcomes, institutional arrangements and social structures, psychological biases, as well as demographic and economic trends.


Dr. Alon has published in leading journals in sociology, education and economics (including American Sociological Review, Social Forces, Work and Occupations, Sociology of Education, Economics of Education Review, Research in Higher Education, and Social Science Research). She is also the author of Race, Class and Affirmative Action, a book-length manuscript evaluates the ability of class-based affirmative action to promote the social and economic mobility of disadvantaged populations and boost diversity at selective postsecondary institutions, as compared with race-based policy. Alon’s research has been supported by grants from the Spencer Foundation, the American Educational Research Association, the Russell Sage Foundation, the Texas Higher Educational Opportunity Project, Israel Science Foundation, and Yad Hanadiv. She was a visiting fellow at the Russell Sage Foundation, Princeton University, and the University of Wisconsin, Madison.