European Academy of Sociology - Fellows

Prof. Dr. Richard Breen

Nuffield College
Sociology Group
New Road
United Kingdom


Prof. Dr. Richard Breen

Fellow of the European Academy of Sociology


Richard Breen is Professor of Sociology and Fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford.  Prior to that he was William Graham Sumner Professor of Sociology at Yale, where he also directed the Center for Research on Inequalities and the Life Course and was departmental chair from 2013 to 2015. He works mainly on social stratification and inequality, quantitative methods, and formal models. Recent work includes studies of social mobility in Europe, analyses of long-term trends in educational inequality, and investigations of the relationship between income inequality and education.  He has held visiting positions throughout Europe, including, most recently, at the WZB, Berlin, the University of Trento, and SFI, Copenhagen.  He is a Fellow of the British Academy and a Member of both the Royal Irish Academy and Academia Europaea.