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Kathleen Gerson

Collegiate Professor of Arts and Science; Professor of Sociology

Ph.D. 1981 (sociology), M.A. (sociology), California (Berkeley); B.A. (magna cum laude) 1969 (sociology), Stanford.

Office Address: 

Puck Building, Room 4128, 295 Lafayette Street New York, NY 10012

Office Hours: 

Mondays 1:00 - 3:00 PM, or by appointment.


(212) 998-8376

Personal Homepage:

Areas of Research/Interest: 

Gender, Family, Families and Work, Work and Occupations, Social Inequality, The Life Course and Human Development, Social and Individual Change Processes, Qualitative Research Methods and Multi-Method Approaches, Social Policy and Social Change

Research Description: 

My research agenda contains several interrelated projects exploring the social transformation of gender, work, and family life in post-industrial societies as well as ways to study these macro and micro processes. These include: (1) a study of "work and care in the new economy" that investigates how today’s women and men are navigating the new conflicts between earning a living and caring for others through in-depth interviews with a broad cross-section of women and men residing in places, such as Silicon Valley and New York City, that represent the cutting edge of economic and occupational change; (2) an NSF-funded study (with Jerry A. Jacobs) that unpacks the complex views Americans hold about the employment of married and single mothers and fathers; and (3) a book on in-depth interviewing (with Sarah A. Damaske) that provides an introduction to the theory and practice of qualitative interviewing.

Curriculum Vitae

External Affiliations:

Co-President Elect, Sociologists for Women in Society, Founding Board Member, Work-Family Researchers Network; Founding Board Member, Center for the Study of Women in the Professions, UC San Diego; Past President, Eastern Sociological Society; Past Board Member, Council on Contemporary Families; Editorial Board, Work and Occupations; Past Chair, Family Section, American Sociological Association; Member, Sociological Research Association.


Jessie Bernard Award, American Sociological Association; Distinguished Merit Award, Eastern Sociological Society; William J. Goode Distinguished Book Award, American Sociological Association (for "The Unfinished Revolution: Coming of Age in a New Era of Gender, Work, and Family"); Fellow, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University; Visiting Scholar, Russell Sage Foundation; Rosabeth Moss Kanter Award for Excellence in Work-Family Research; Distinguished Feminist Lectureship, Sociologists for Women in Society; Honorable Mention, Mirra Komarovsky Book Award, Eastern Sociological Society (for "The Time Divide: Work, Family, and Gender Inequality"); A Best Business Book, Strategy Business Magazine (for "The Time Divide"); Finalist, C. Wright Mills Award and William J. Goode Distinguished Book Award (for "Hard Choices: How Women Decide About Work, Career, and Motherhood"); Charles Phelps Taft Lecturer, University of Cincinnati; Kingsley Birge Endowed Lecture, Colby College; research grants, Sloan Foundation and National Science Foundation.



The Unfinished Revolution:  Coming of Age in a New Era of Books: Gender, Work, and Family. New York. Oxford University Press, (2011).


The Time Divide: Work, Family, and Gender Inequality (with Jerry A. Jacobs). Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press. (2004; Korean edition,2010).


No Man's Land: Men's Changing Commitments to Family and Work. New York: Basic Books (1993).


Hard Choices: How Women Decide About Work, Career, and Motherhood. Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press (1985).

Selected Recent Articles:

"Different Ways of Not Having It All: Work, Care, and Shifting Gender Arrangements in the New Economy." In Beyond the Cubicle: Insecurity Culture and the Flexible Self, edited by Allison Pugh. New York: Oxford (forthcoming).

"Rethinking the Cultural Contradictions of Parenthood: Unpacking Americans’ Views on the Employment of Mothers and Fathers with data from a National Vignette Survey." (with Jerry A. Jacobs, paper in progress)

"Time-Greedy Workplaces and Marriageable Men: The Paradox in Men's Fathering Beliefs and Strategies" (with Pamela Kaufman). In "Men, Wage Work and Care," edited by Paula McDonald. London: Routledge (2012).

"Families and Family Life" (with Stacy Torres). In "The Sociology Project: Introducing the Sociological Imagination," edited by Jeff Manza, Richard Arum, and Lynne Haney. Boston and New York: Pearson (2012).

"Changing Family Patterns and the Future of Family Life"" (with Stacy Torres). In "Emerging Trends in the Social and Behavioral Sciences," edited by Stephen M. Kosslyn and Robert A. Scott. Sage Publications (forthcoming).

"Falling Back on Plan B: The Children of the Gender Revolution Face Uncharted Territory." In "Families as They Really Are," edited by Barbara J. Risman. New York: W.W. Norton (2010).

"Changing Lives, Resistant Institutions: A New Generation Negotiates Gender, Work, and Family Change." Sociological Forum 24 (4) (December, 2009).

Updated on 08/31/2015