Dr Katharina   Hecht

Dr Katharina Hecht

Visiting Fellow

International Inequalities Institute

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Key Expertise
Income, Wealth Inequality

About me

Katharina is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Andrea Mitchell Center for the Study of Democracy at the University of Pennsylvania and a Visiting Fellow at the International Inequalities Institute (III). Previously, she was a Research Officer at the Institute and a researcher at the Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion (CASE) at LSE after completing her PhD in the Department of Sociology.

Her research interests relate to income and wealth inequality, particularly at the top of the distributions, perceptions of economic inequality and conceptualisations of richness. Her doctoral research focused on perceptions of top incomes and wealth.

Katharina has previously taught courses on social inequalities and research methods for the Department of Sociology and the Department of Methodology at LSE as well as for the Department of Social Science (DSS) at the Institute of Education at UCL.


Hecht K (2017) A Relational Analysis of Top Incomes and Wealth: Economic Evaluation, Relative (Dis)advantage and the Service to Capital. III Working paper Series Working paper 11, LSE International Inequalities Institute Working Paper 11. London: The London School of Economics and Political Science.

Savage M, Hecht K, Hjellbrekke J, et al. (2018) The anatomy of the British economic “elite.” In: Korsnes O, Heilbron J, Hjellbrekke J, et al. (eds.) New Directions in Elite Studies. London: Routledge.