Dr. Alon is The Weinberg Chair in Sociology of Stratification and Inequality and the Head of The B. I. Cohen Inst. for Public Opinion Research at Tel-Aviv University. Her main research interests include social stratification and mobility, with an emphasis on the sociology of work and organizations and sociology of education. Her work focuses on unveiling the dynamics and historical processes underlying inequalities in the labor market and educational attainment, and the extent to which public policy does narrow these inequalities. Alon’s perspective is interdisciplinary and comparative, taking into account employment and educational processes and outcomes, institutional arrangements and social structures, psychological biases, as well as demographic and economic trends.

Dr. Alon has published in leading journals in sociology, education, and economics and is the author of Race, Class, and Affirmative Action, a book-length manuscript. Alon’s research has been supported by grants from the Spencer Foundation, the American Educational Research Association, the Russell Sage Foundation, the Texas Higher Educational Opportunity Project, Israel Science Foundation, Israel Ministry of Science and Technology, Yad Hanadiv Foundation, The Edmond de Rothschild Foundation, and the initiative of AI and DS for the social good of the TAU Center for AI and Data Science (TAD). She was a visiting fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University, the Russell Sage Foundation, Princeton University, and the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Education

Tel-Aviv University

1992-98 Tel-Aviv University Ph.D. Sociology & Anthropology

Tel-Aviv University

1987-91 M.A. Labor Studies

Ben-Gurion University

1984-87  B.A. Behavioral Sciences, Magna Cum Laude

Employment

2017-today

2011-16

2007-11

2002-07

Professor, Sociology and Anthropology, Tel-Aviv University

Associate Professor, Sociology and Anthropology, Tel-Aviv University

Senior Lecturer, Sociology and Anthropology, Tel-Aviv University

Lecturer, Sociology and Anthropology, Tel-Aviv University

Fellowships and Awards

2020-21 Fellow, The Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University

2017-today Fellow, The Steinhardt Institute For Higher Education Policy, New York University

2016 Featured Grantees, The Spencer Foundation

2012-13 Visiting Scholar, The Russell Sage Foundation, NYC

2011 Fellow, the Institute for Research on Poverty, the University of Wisconsin, Madison

2008 Excellence in Research Award, Tel-Aviv University

2005-06 Fellow, Princeton University, Office of Population Research

2001-02 Postdoctoral fellowship (Princeton University), National Institute of Health (U.S.), Distinguished National Research Service Award

1999-2001 Postdoctoral fellowship, Princeton University

1998-99 Research Associate, ILR School, Institute for Workplace Studies, Cornell University

Research Grants

2021-25 Israel Science Foundation, “Is The Work Society Fading Away? Shifts in the Meaning of Work in the COVID-19 Era” $281,000

2021-22 The Edmond de Rothschild Foundation, The link between academia and the labor market in an era of transformation $31,000

2021-23 TAU Center for AI and Data Science (TAD) the initiative of AI and DS for social good. “How Recommendation Systems Lead to Polarization” (with Ran Gilad-Bachrach and Dafna Gelbgiser) $62,000

2020 Ministry of Science and Technology. “The Future of Work in Corona Era: The Disruption in Work-Related Behavior and Attitudes.” $12,000

2019-20 Yad Hanadiv, “From Academic Potential to Academic Excellence” $31,000

2019-20 The Edmond de Rothschild Foundation, “Field of Study Choice and Dropping out from College” $31,000

2017-20 Israel Science Foundation, “The Growing Importance of Education Quality for Intergenerational Reproduction of Inequality” $150,000

2013-15 Yad Hanadiv, “Field of Study of Arabs from Application to Israeli Flagship Universities to Graduation” $95,000

2008-13 The Spencer Foundation, "Extending Opportunity at Israel’s Selective Universities: The Case of Class-based Affirmative Action" $485,145

2006 The Spencer Foundation, "New Conceptual Framework for Assessing the Influence of Financial Aid on Student Success" $20,000

2005-07 American Educational Research Association, "New Conceptual Framework for Assessing the Influence of Financial Aid on Student Success" $35,000

2005-06 The Texas Higher Educational Opportunity Project, Collaborating Investigator (PI: Tienda, Sullivan) $30,000

2002 Israeli Misrad Haklita, Returning Scientists, $17,000

Tel-Aviv University internal research grants: TAU research fund 2013; Institute for Social Research, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009; The Yonathan Shapira Foundation, 2003, 2005, 2007