Mary E. Corcoran is a professor emerita of public policy, political science, and women's studies. Her research focuses on the effects of gender and race discrimination on economic status and earnings, and on professional women's career trajectories. Mary has published articles on intergenerational mobility, the underclass, and sex-based and race-based inequality. She taught seminars on poverty and inequality and on women and employment. Mary received her PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.