Toxic Inequality in the United States: economic inequality and racial injustice driving ugly politics

Hosted by the International Inequalities Institute

Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House


Professor Thomas Shapiro

Professor Thomas Shapiro

Zamila Bunglawala



Professor Lucinda Platt

In his latest book, Toxic Inequality, which he will discuss in this lecture, Thomas Shapiro examines a powerful and unprecedented convergence in the United States: historic and rising levels of wealth and income inequality in an era of stalled mobility, intersecting with a widening racial wealth gap, all against the backdrop of changing racial and ethnic demographics.

Thomas Shapiro (@tmshapiro) is Director, Institute on Assets and Social Policy and Pokross Professor of Law and Social Policy, Brandeis University.

Zamila Bunglawala is Deputy Director of Strategy and Insight, Race Disparity Unit, Cabinet Office.

Lucinda Platt is Professor of Social Policy and Sociology in the LSE Department of Social Policy.

This lecture is funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. Read about the International Inequalities Institute’s partnership with JRF here.

The International Inequalities Institute at LSE (@LSEInequalities) brings together experts from many LSE departments and centres to lead critical and cutting edge research to understand why inequalities are escalating in numerous arenas across the world, and to develop critical tools to address these challenges.

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