Researcher biography

Matthew Curry is a sociologist whose research focuses primarily on inequalities, stratification, and mobility in labor markets, education, and social disadvantage. Much of his research has used longitudinal survey data from the United States and Australia to study interrelations between social background and family contexts, education, and labor market outcomes. Another strain of research applies a stratification and mobility lens to ethnic self-identification, investigating intra- and inter-generational 'mobility' in self-identification responses over time. His work has been published in European Sociological Review, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Social Science Research, and Research in Social Stratification and Mobility. At ISSR, he has also contributed to projects related to equity in employment, education, and social disadvantage more broadly in partnership with the Paul Ramsay Foundation, Health and Wellebing Queensland, the NSW Department of Education, Mission Australia, and others.

Prior to joining ISSR, he was the Rondald Henderson Research Fellow, a position jointly appointed by the Melbourne Institute: Applied Economic and Social Research at the University of Melbourne and the Research and Policy Centre at the Brotherhood of St Laurence, a large non-profit organisation based in Melbourne. He received his PhD in sociology from UCLA in 2016.