Dr Nora  Waitkus

Dr Nora Waitkus

Assistant Professorial Research Fellow

International Inequalities Institute

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CBG 4.10
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Key Expertise
Inequality, Socio-economic stratification

About me

Nora Waitkus is a sociologist interested in socio-economic stratification in contemporary capitalist societies. In her research she focuses on exploring and explaining cross-national variation and the institutional drivers of wealth inequality and concentration. Her work further deals with class, housing, elites, public opinion, and wealth accumulation using survey experiments and longitudinal analysis. She is further interested in cultural processes in the reproduction of inequality, such as media coverage on the super-rich. In 2023, Nora was awarded the VENI grant by the Dutch Research Council to extend her research on cross-country differences in wealth, debt and assets. 

Before joining LSE International Inequalities Institute, Nora has worked at the Research Centre on Inequality and Social Policy (SOCIUM) at the University of Bremen. She has earned degrees from the University of Hamburg and the Free University of Berlin. Prior to joining LSE, she has completed her Ph.D. at the University of Bremen and has been a visiting fellow at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Since 2021, Nora is also an Assistant Professor at the Department of Sociology at Tilburg University (The Netherlands).

Expertise Details

Inequality; Socio-economic stratification


Lierse, Hanna, Patrick Sachweh and Nora Waitkus (ed.) (2022).“Wealth, Inequality and Redistribution in Capitalist Societies” Social Justice Research, 35(4): 367-378.

Waitkus, Nora and Stefan Wallaschek (2022). “Wealthy Business Owners and the Legitimization of Inequality in the Press” Social Justice Research, 35(4): 404-435.

Waitkus, Nora, and Lara Minkus. 2021. "Investigating the Gender Wealth Gap across Occupational Classes." Feminist Economics, 27(4): 114-47.

Pfeffer, Fabian T. and Nora Waitkus. “The Wealth Inequality of Nations” American Sociological Review, 84(4): 567–602.

Savage, Mike and Nora Waitkus (2021). “Property, wealth, and social change: Piketty as a social science engineer” British Journal of Sociology, 72: 39–51.

Pfeffer, Fabian and Nora Waitkus (2021). “Comparing Child Wealth Inequality across Countries” RSF: The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences, 7(3): 28–49.

Waitkus, Nora and Olaf Groh-Samberg (2019). “The Space of Economic and Cultural Capital: A Latent Class Analysis for Germany. Blasius, J. et al. (ed.): Empirical Investigations of Social Space. Springer: 81-97.

Waitkus, Nora and Olaf Groh-Samberg (2018). “Beyond Meritocracy: Wealth Accumulation in the German Upper Classes.” Korsnes, O. et al. (ed.): New Directions in Elite Studies. Routledge: 198-220.

Groh-Samberg, Olaf, Nepomuk Hurch and Nora Waitkus (2018). “Dynamics of Social Inequality” (ed.) WSI-Mitteilungen, 71(5).

Groh-Samberg, Olaf, Nepomuk Hurch and Nora Waitkus (2018). “Status Competition and Social Segregation: Towards a joint analysis of two dynamics of inequality”. WSI-Mitteilungen, 71(5): 347-357.