S. Michael Gaddis


Assistant Professor


Contact Information

Email    mgaddis@soc.ucla.edu
Office  285 Haines Hall
Phone  310.206.6362

Dr. S. Michael Gaddis is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at UCLA whose research focuses on racial discrimination, educational inequality, and mental health. He often uses experiments to examine  levels of discrimination in employment and housing as well as the conditions under which racial discrimination occurs. In other research, he investigates differences in mental health conditions, stigma, and use of formal and informal mental health treatment on college campuses. Overall, his research provides evidence of inequality in the U.S. related to race, social class, and education.

He recently published a book on the experimental method used to investigate discrimination titled Audit Studies: Behind the Scenes with Theory, Method, and Nuance. His research has been published in top journals such as the American Journal of SociologyProceedings of the National Academy of SciencesSocial Forcesand Sociological Science and has been funded by the National Academy of Education, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Russell Sage Foundation, and the Spencer Foundation. In 2020, he was named Honorable Mention for the Distinguished Early Career Award by the American Sociological Association’s Section on Racial and Ethnic Minorities. His work has been covered by The Boston Globe, The EconomistEducation WeekFortuneThe GuardianHarvard Business ReviewInside Higher Ed, The Los Angeles TimesNBC LXPBS NewsHourPsychology Today, and Times Higher Education

For more information and a current CV, please visit his website.