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Mary E. Corcoran

Mary E. Corcoran

Professor of Political Science and Women's Studies, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts; Professor of Public Policy, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy; Senior Associate Scientist, Survey Research Center, Institute for Social Research

Phone: (734) 764-9517
Office: Joan and Sanford Weill Hall
735 S. State St. #5223
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-3091
E-mail: marycor@umich.edu

Research and Teaching Interests:

  • Gender & Family
  • Poverty and Social Welfare

Educational Background:

PhD in Social Policy and Education, Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Mary E. Corcoran is Professor of Political Science, Public Policy, Social Work, and Women's Studies. Her research focuses on the effects of gender and race discrimination on economic status and earnings, and on welfare and employment policies. Mary has published articles on intergenerational mobility, the underclass, and sex-based and race-based inequality. She teaches seminars on poverty and inequality and on women and employment.

Academic Appointments:

  • Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy
  • Department of Political Science, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
  • School of Social Work
  • Institute for Social Research