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Kevin T. Leicht is Professor and Head of the Sociology Departmentat the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and former Chair of theDepartment of Sociology and Director of the Iowa Social Science Research Centerat The University of Iowa and past Program Officer for the Sociology andResource Implementations for Data Intensive Research Program at the NationalScience Foundation. He is the past editor of Research in Social Stratification and Mobility (the officialjournal of the Social Stratification Section of the International SociologicalAssociation) and The Sociological Quarterly (the official journal of theMidwest Sociological Society). He has written extensively on issues relating toeconomic development, globalization, and political sociology, his work has beenfunded by the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, SpencerFoundation, and the Ford Foundation, and his published articles have appearedin the American Sociological ReviewAmerican Journal of Sociology, the Academy of Management JournalLaw andSociety Review, and other outlets. He is the author or editor of five booksincluding Professional Work (withMary Fennell, published by Blackwell), and Post-IndustrialPeasants: The Illusion of Middle Class Prosperity (with Scott Fitzgerald)winner of the Midwest Sociological Society Best Book Award for 2009, and MiddleClass Meltdown (2014, also with Scott Fitzgerald). His current researchexamines the consequences of extreme inequality in developed societies and thesocial and cultural consequences of male marginalization.

Research Interests

Social Inequality
Political Sociology/Political Economy
Sociology of Work
Social Science Research Methodology


Ph.D. 1987 Indiana University-Bloomington
M.A. 1983 Indiana University-Bloomington
B.S.SOC 1981 Creighton University


Introductory Sociology
Political Sociology
Social Inequality and Stratification
Research Methodology

Office Address

Room 3112 Lincoln Hall
702 S Wright Street
Urbana IL 61801

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Research Output

Exploring Social Change: America and the World

Harper, C. L. & Leicht, K. T., Aug 28 2018, 7 ed. Taylor and Francis. 416 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

  • Professions and entrepreneurship in international perspective

    Leicht, K. T., Jan 1 2018, Professions and Professional Service Firms: Private and Public Sector Enterprises in the Global Economy. Taylor and Francis, p. 9-25 17 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • State investments in high-technology job growth

    Leicht, K. T. & Jenkins, J. C., Jul 2017, In : Social Science Research. 65, p. 30-46 17 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Getting Serious About Inequality

    Leicht, K. T., Mar 1 2016, In : Sociological Quarterly. 57, 2, p. 211-231 21 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle