I grew up in Oslo (Norway) and finished undergraduate and masters-level degrees at the University of Oslo before coming to U.S. for graduate studies in 1982. I received a PhD in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin (1987). Before coming to Berkeley in 1988 I taught in the Department of Sociology at Harvard University (1985-1988) and after coming here I have spent two years teaching in the Department of Sociology at the University of Oslo (1992-93, 1996-97).
I do research in the areas of social inequality and quantitative methods. I have investigated the role of employer discrimination in creating inequality in wages, hiring, and promotions between men and women, as well as the role of family adaptations in this. I draw on large-scale quantitative data from the U.S. and Scandinavia, including quantitative data on large firms.