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Associate Professor of Sociology, Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis

Caitlyn Collins is an Associate Professor of Sociology and Gender Equity Fellow at Washington University in St. Louis. Her research examines gender inequality in the workplace and in family life.

Collins' current project is a cross-national interview study of 135 working mothers in Sweden, Germany, Italy, and the United States. These four countries offer distinct policy approaches to reconciling work-family conflict. She investigates how different ideals of gender, motherhood, and employment are embedded in these policies, and how they shape the daily lives of working mothers in these countries.

A book based on this research called Making Motherhood Work: How Women Manage Careers and Caregiving was published by Princeton University Press in 2019. Her work also appears in Gender & Society, Journal of Marriage and Family, Demography, and other academic journals and books.

Dr. Collins is a 2019 Nancy Weiss Malkiel Scholar (Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation) and a 2018 Work and Family Researchers Network Early Career Fellow. Her research is supported by organizations including the National Science Foundation, American Association of University Women, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), and the Swedish Council of America. She earned her PhD in Sociology from The University of Texas at Austin.


  • 2016–present
    Assistant Professor of Sociology, Washington University in St. Louis