Dr Jonathan Mijs


Dr Jonathan Mijs is a sociologist at London School of Economics and a fellow at Harvard University, where he earned his Ph.D in 2017. Jonathan’s research describes the various beliefs people hold about economic inequality and its causes. Why do some see the world in meritocratic terms, where success comes to those who work for it, while others see it as a rigged race to the top, where people’s starting places are set by their ethnicity, gender and social class?

Jonathan’s work explores the political implications of our beliefs about inequality and the future we’re heading for in western societies. In particular, he highlights the process through which (young) citizens learn about inequality and come to make sense of poverty and wealth. When he isn’t doing research, Jonathan spends his time between London and Cambridge, Massachusetts, consuming film, live music or football.

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