Maria Charles

Department of Sociology, UCSB

Maria Charles (Ph.D. Stanford University) is Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara.  Previously she was a member of the Sociology faculty at UC San Diego (1994-2008), and a postdoctoral researcher at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (1991-1994). She received a Ph.D. in Sociology from Stanford University, and Bachelor’s degrees from UCSB in Environmental Studies and Political Science.

Professor Charles specializes in the international comparative study of social inequalities with particular attention to cross-national differences in women's economic, educational, and family roles. Her teaching specialties include quantitative methods, social inequality, and sociology of class, race, and gender. She has published extensively on the phenomenon of sex segregation, most recently on the ideological and organizational factors that contribute to female underrepresentation in engineering and the physical sciences around the world. Her coauthored book, Occupational Ghettos: The Worldwide Segregation of Women and Men (Stanford University Press) received the Max Weber Award for Distinguished Scholarship in 2005.

Related Publications:

Charles, Maria and Karen Bradley. 2009. “Indulging Our Gendered Selves? Sex Segregation by Field of Study in 44 Countries.” American Journal of Sociology 114:924-76.

Charles, Maria. 2008. “Culture and Inequality: Identity, Ideology, and Difference in ‘Post-ascriptive Society’.” Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 619:41-58.

Charles, Maria and David Grusky. 2004 (2005 in paperback). Occupational Ghettos: The Worldwide Segregation of Women and Men. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press.

Charles, Maria and Karen Bradley. 2009. “Indulging Our Gendered Selves? Sex Segregation by Field of Study in 44 Countries.” American Journal of Sociology 114:924-76.

Charles, Maria. 2008. “Culture and Inequality: Identity, Ideology, and Difference in ‘Post-ascriptive Society’.” Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 619:41-58.

Charles, Maria and David Grusky. 2004 (2005 in paperback). Occupational Ghettos: The Worldwide Segregation of Women and Men. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press.

Maria Charles