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Interdisciplinary Research Institute for the Study of (in)Equality

income inequality

Affiliate Faculty

Wealth, Income Inequality and Poverty Research

Faculty members from across the University of Denver are affiliated with IRISE as their work critically engages the study of (in)equality. 


Angela Narayan
Dr. Narayan's research program is grounded in a developmental psychopathology perspective and investigates how early adversities (e.g., maltreatment, violence exposure, poverty and homelessness, parental psychopathology, war and disaster) in parents' histories and their children's family environments affect psychological health and wellbeing. Her research is focused on hard-to-reach populations, including residentially-unstable, impoverished families, and young, low-income pregnant women and fathers-to-be. She is invested in employing measures that span multiple levels of analysis, ranging from parents' expressed emotion and biomarkers of stress to observed parent-child interactions and cultural influences on parenting and child development.

Aaron Schneider
Josef Korbel School of International Studies
Dr. Schneider's work focuses on the intersection of wealth and power, and he has conducted research in Latin America, India, and Sub-Saharan Africa. In particular, he emphasizes the study of public finance as a window into the political economy of development and democracy. The way governments secure contributions from key social groups, and how they decide what to do with the money tells a story about the nature of national political communities – who is in, who is out, and who will enjoy what benefits of membership.