Professor of Sociology & Public Policy, University of Massachusetts Amherst

My research and teaching primarily focus on social inequality, including inequalities by gender and gender identity, race, ethnicity, sexuality, nationality, citizenship, parenthood status, and educational level. I try to understand the role that policies play in both mediating and entrenching inequality, and my aim is to create more equitable societies. In all of my work, I consider how policies may work to both reinforce and lessen inequalities. My work falls into the subfields of political sociology, economic sociology, public policy, work & labor, family, race/gender/class, comparative historical sociology, and welfare states. My work has appeared in the American Sociological Review, American Journal of Sociology, Gender & Society, Social Forces, Social Problems, and numerous other professional journals and edited volumes. I edited the journal Gender & Society, a top-ranked journal in both Gender Studies and Sociology, from 2011-2015.

Experience

  • –present
    Professor of Sociology & Public Policy, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Education

  • 1994 
    Emory University , Sociology