Professor Steele contributes to both the Sociology and Latin American Studies programs. She received her PhD in Sociology from Princeton University in 2013 and holds Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Columbia University. Her research focuses on how social stratification and economic inequality affect the development of beliefs, attitudes, and values through the lens of cross-national comparison. She uses both quantitative and qualitative methods in her research and has a working knowledge of Chinese, Portuguese, French, and Spanish. 

Steeleā€™s research interests include global and transnational sociology, stratification and inequality, quantitative methodology, sociology of development, public policy, urban sociology, political sociology, sociology of religion, East Asia (especially China), and Latin America (especially Brazil).