Nathan Wilmers
PhD Candidate, Department of Sociology, Harvard University
William James Hall, 33 Kirkland Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
wilmers [at]

I am a PhD candidate in Harvard Sociology, researching wage and earnings inequality, economic sociology and the sociology of labor. In July 2018, I will start as an assistant professor of work and organizations at MIT Sloan School of Management.

In my dissertation, I study how shifting relations between companies affect wage inequality. Rising earnings inequality since the 1970s has come mostly from growing wage differences between different companies, not between co-workers. Drawing on economic sociology, I provide new evidence on the distributional effects of shifting supply chains, rising product market concentration and job restructuring. This research is supported by the National Science Foundation's Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant and the Washington Center for Equitable Growth.

I am a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow, a Fellow in the Inequality and Social Policy Program at the Harvard Kennedy School and an affiliate of the Institute for Quantitative Social Science. My research appears in the American Journal of Sociology and Social Forces and has been covered in The Washington Post, NBC News and CNBC.