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A Comprehensive Approach to Research and Innovation

Charlie Eaton

Assistant Professor
Ph.D.

Charlie Eaton UC Merced HSRI
Research Interests: 
  • Organizations
  • Economic sociology
  • Stratification and inequality
  • Political sociology
  • Social policy
  • Education
  • Health care
  • Work
Primary Research Interest: 
Health Disparities
School: 
School of Social Sciences, Humanities & Arts
Research Summary: 

Dr. Eaton's current research investigates the role of organizations in the interplay between economic elites and disadvantaged social groups. What forms of organization strengthen elite efforts to consolidate power in politics and the economy? What are effective organizational strategies by which non-elites can achieve more equitable distributions of power, wealth, and status? Financialization, the growing importance of financial markets, financial organizations, and financial ideas, has elevated U.S. financial elites to the pinnacle of power in recent decades. At the same time, the transition to a post-industrial economy has made a college degree an increasingly necessary prerequisite for Americans to attain economic success and security. His primary current research project therefore investigates relationships between financialization and growing inequalities in U.S. higher education.

Bylaw 55 Unit: 
Sociology