Biographical Note

My research seeks to understand how political and economic institutions pattern inequalities of wealth, power, and legitimacy. I in turn study how these inequalities influence the relationship between state and market. I use quantitative and qualitative methods in my research. No matter the method I choose, I am committed to finding original, untapped data sources. By using data that have not previously been analyzed by sociologists, I am able to bring novel insights to core sociological concerns around stratification and inequality.

Substantively, my work has focused on populist politics and the rise of corporate capitalism in the United States. I have also researched globalization, class voting, corporate regulation, and the eviction crisis. After graduating from Chicago, I worked as a research associate for the General Social Survey at the National Opinion Research Center.

I am currently a postdoctoral fellow in the Sociology Department at Washington University in St. Louis.




Gershenson, Carl. Forthcoming. “The Creation of Class Politics in 19th Century America: A Quantitative Analysis of Occupation and Party Identification Among State Legislators.” Social Science History.

Gershenson, Carl. 2019. Reputation as Organizational Resource: The SEC’s Failed Regulatory Revolution. Sociological Forum 34(3): 643-663.
Bartley, Tim, Matthew Soener, and Carl Gershenson. 2019. Power at a Distance: Organizational Power Across Boundaries.” Sociology Compass.
Gershenson, Carl. 2019. “Review of Organizations, Civil Society, and the Roots of Development.” Contemporary Sociology 48(3): 324-326.


Levine, Jeremy, Theo Leenman, Carl Gershenson, and David Hureau. 2018. "Political Places: Neighborhood Social Organization and The Ecology of Political Behaviors." Social Science Quarterly 99(1): 201-215.


Desmond, Matthew and Carl Gershenson. 2017. "Who Gets Evicted? Assessing Individual, Neighborhood, and Network Factors." Social Science Research 62: 362-377.


Desmond, Matthew and Carl Gershenson. 2016. "Housing and Employment Insecurity among the Working Poor." Social Problems 63(1):46-67.

Greenberg, Deena, Carl Gershenson, and Matthew Desmond. 2016. "Discrimination in Evictions: Empirical Evidence and Legal Challenges." Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review 51(1):115-158.


Gershenson, Carl. 2015. "Protecting Markets from Society: Non-Pecuniary Claims in American Corporate Democracy." Politics & Society 43(1):33-60.

Desmond, Matthew, Carl Gershenson, and Barbara Kiviat. 2015. "Forced Mobility and Residential Instability among Urban Renters." Social Service Review 89(2): 227-262.

Gershenson, Carl and Frank Dobbin. 2015. "Institutions and the Economy," in Emerging Trends in the Social and Behavioral Sciences. Edited by Robert Scott and Stephen Kosslyn. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley and Sons.


Levine, Jeremy and Carl Gershenson. 2014. “From Political to Material Inequality: Race, Immigration, and Requests for Public Goods.” Sociological Forum 29(3): 607-627.


Kim, Jibum, Carl Gershenson, Patrick Glaser, Tom W. Smith. 2011. “Trends in Surveys on Surveys.” Public Opinion Quarterly 75(1): 165-191.


Kim, Jibum, Carl Gershenson, Jaeki Jeong, and Tom W. Smith. 2008. “How Americans Think about North Korea: 2000-2007.” Public Opinion Quarterly 72(4)804-821.




Ph.D. Harvard University

A.B. University of Chicago


Select Awards and Recognition


National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (2010-2013)

Tobin Project Fellow in Democracy & Markets (2012-2013)

Certificate of Distinction in Teaching, Advanced Quantitative Methods (2010)