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.
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
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.
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.
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).
“‘Expansionist Theory’ Expanded: Integrating Sociological and Psychological Perspectives on Gender, Work, and Family Change.” Gender and Couple Relationships, edited by Susan M. McHale, Valarie King, Jennifer Van Hook, and Alan booth. New York: Springer (forthcoming).
“Unpacking Americans’ Views on the Employment of Mothers and Fathers: Lessons from a National Vignette Survey.” Gender and Society (forthcoming).
“Work, Care, and National Policy: A View from the U.S.” In “Work-Family Dynamics and the Competing Logics of Regulation, Economy, and Morals, edited by Berit Brandth, Sigtona Halrynjo, and Elin Kvande. London: Routledge (forthcoming).
“After the Fall of Gender Barriers.” European Journal of Sociology 51 (3): 524-527.
“Falling Back on Plan B: The Children of the Gender Revolution Face Uncharted Territory.” Pp. 378-392 in Families as They Really Are, edited by Barbara J. Risman. New York: W.W. Norton. (Second edition, 2015)“Viewing 21 Century Motherhood Through a 21st Century Motherhood Through Work-Family Lens.” In Handbook of Work and Family Integration, edited by Karen Korabik, Donna S. Lero, and Denise L. Whitehead. New York: Elsevier.
Gerson, Kathleen. 2007. “Beyond the Headlines: What We Really Need to Know About Women and Marriage." Sociological Forum 22 (3) (September): 360-361.
Gerson, Kathleen. 2006. “Families as Trajectories: Children’s Views of Family Life in Contemporary America.” In Families Between Flexibility and Dependability: Perspectives for a Life Cycle Family Policy (Wern Gehort die Familie der Zukunft?), edited by Hans Bertram, Helga Kruger, and Katarina Spiel. Leverkusen, Germany: Barbara Budrich.
Gerson, Kathleen. 2006. “The Morality of Time: Women and the Expanding Workweek.” Annual Editions: Sociology and Annual Editions: Human Resources (McGraw-Hill).
Jacobs, Jerry A., and Kathleen Gerson. 2005. “Understanding Changes in American Working Time: A Synthesis.” In Fighting for Time: Shifting Boundaries of Work and Social Life, edited by Cynthia Fuchs Epstein and Arne L. Kalleberg. New York: Russell Sage Foundation.
Jacobs, Jerry A., and Kathleen Gerson. 2004. The Time Divide: Work, Family, and Gender Inequality. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press. (paperback, 2005; Korean edition, 2010) http://www.hup.harvard.edu/catalog.php?isbn=9780674018396 (Honorable Mention, Mirra Komarovsky Distinguished Book Award)
Gerson, Kathleen. 2004. “Understanding Work and Family Through a Gender Lens.” Community, Work, and Family 7 (2)(August): 163-179.
Gerson, Kathleen, and Jerry A. Jacobs. 2004. “The Work-Home Crunch.” Contexts: Understanding People in Their Social Worlds 3 (4) (Fall) : 29-37. 3
Gerson, Kathleen. 2002. “Moral Dilemmas, Moral Strategies, and the Transformation of Gender: Lessons from Two Generations of Work and Family Change.” Gender & Society 16 (1) (February): 8-28.
Gerson, Kathleen, and Ruth Horowitz. 2002. “Interviewing and Observation: Options and Choices in Qualitative Research.” Pp. 199-224 in Qualitative Research in Action, edited by Timothy May. London: Sage Publications.
Jacobs, Jerry A., and Kathleen Gerson. 2001. “Overworked Individuals or Overworked Families? Explaining Trends in Work, Leisure, and Family Time.” Work and Occupations 28 (1): 40-63.
(Winner, Rosabeth Moss Kanter Award for Excellence in Work-Family Research)
Gerson, Kathleen. 2001. “Children of the Gender Revolution: Some Theoretical Questions and Findings from the Field.” Pp. 446-461 in Restructuring Work and the Life Course, edited by Victor W. Marshall, Walter R. Heinz, Helga Krueger, and Anil Verma. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.
Gerson, Kathleen, and Jerry A. Jacobs. 2001. “Changing the Structure and Culture of Work: Work-Family Conflict, Work Flexibility, and Gender Equity in the Modern Workplace.” Pp. 207- 226 in Working Families: The Transformation of the American Home, edited by Rosanna Hertz and Nancy Marshall. Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press.
Gerson, Kathleen. 2000. “Resolving Family Dilemmas and Conflicts: Beyond Utopia.” Contemporary Sociology 29 (1), Symposium on “Utopian Visions: Engaged Sociologies for the 21st Century” (January): 180-188.
Jacobs, Jerry A., and Kathleen Gerson. 2000. “Do Americans Feel Overworked? Comparing Actual and Ideal Working Time.” Pp. 71-96 in Work and Family: Research Informing Policy, edited by Toby L. Parcel and Daniel B. Cornfield. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
Gerson, Kathleen. 1998. "Gender and the Future of the Family: Implications for the Post- Industrial Workplace." Pp. 11-21 in Challenges for Work and Family in the 21st Century, edited by Dana Vannoy and Paula J. Dubeck. New York: Aldine de Gruyter.
Jacobs, Jerry A., and Kathleen Gerson. 1998. “Who are the Overworked Americans?” Review of Social Economy, Vol. LVI (4) (Winter): 442-459.
Jacobs, Jerry A., and Kathleen Gerson. 1998. “Toward a Family-Friendly, Gender-Equitable Work Week.” University of Pennsylvania Journal of Labor and Employment Law Vol. 1 (2) (Fall): 457-472.
Gerson, Kathleen. 1997. "The Social Construction of Fatherhood." Pp. 119-153 in Parenting: Contemporary Issues and Challenges, edited by Terry Arendell. Newbury Park, CA: Sage Publications.
Gerson, Kathleen. 1997. "An Institutional Perspective on Generative Fathering: Creating Social Supports for Parenting Equality." Pp. 36-51 in Generative Fathering: Beyond Deficit Perspectives, by Alan J. Hawkins and David C. Dollahite. Newbury Park, CA: Sage Publications.
Gerson, Kathleen. 1993. No Man's Land: Men's Changing Commitments to Family and Work. New York: Basic Books.
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Peterson, Richard R., and Kathleen Gerson. 1993. "A Social-Structural Explanation of Men's and Women's Domestic Responsibility." Journal of Marriage and the Family.
Peterson, Richard R., and Kathleen Gerson. 1992. "Determinants of Responsibility for Child Care Arrangements Among Dual-Earner Couples." Journal of Marriage and the Family 54 (3) (August): 527-536.
Gerson, Kathleen. 1991. "Coping with Commitment: Dilemmas and Conflicts of Family Life." In America at Century's End, edited by Alan Wolfe. Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press.
Gerson, Kathleen. 1990. "Continuing Controversies in the Sociology of Gender." Sociological Forum 5 (2) (June): 301-310.
Gerson, Kathleen. 1988. "Reluctant Mothers: Employed Women in Late 20th Century America." In Gender in Intimate Relationships: A Microstructural Approach, edited by Barbara J. Risman and Pepper Schwartz. New York: Wadsworth.
Gerson, Kathleen. 1988. "Briefcase, Baby, or Both?" In Feminist Frontiers: Rethinking Sex, Gender, and Society, edited by Laurel Richardson and Verta Taylor. New York: Random House.
Gerson, Kathleen. 1987. "Emerging Social Divisions Among Women: Implications for Welfare State Politics." Politics and Society 15 (2): 213-221.
Gerson, Kathleen. 1987. "How Women Choose Between Employment and Family: A Developmental Perspective." In Families and Work, edited by Naomi Gerstel and Harriet Gross. Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press.
Gerson, Kathleen. 1986. "What Do Women Want from Men? Men's Influence on Women's Work and Family Choices." American Behavioral Scientist 29 (May/June): 619-634.
Gerson, Kathleen. 1983. "Changing Family Structure and the Position of Women: A Review of the Trends." Journal of the American Planning Association 4 (Spring): 138-148.
Gerson, Kathleen. 1985. Hard Choices: How Women Decide About Work, Career, and Motherhood. Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press (paperback, 1986) http://www.ucpress.edu/book.php?isbn=9780520057456 (Finalist, C. Wright Mills Distinguished Book Award, William J. Goode Distinguished Book Award)
Gerson, Kathleen, and C. Ann Stueve. 1977. "Personal Relations Across the Life Cycle." In Networks and Places: Social Relations in the Urban Setting, by Claude S. Fischer, Robert M. Jackson, C. Ann Stueve, Kathleen Gerson, and Lynn M. Jones. New York: The Free Press.
Stueve, C. Ann, Kathleen Gerson, and Claude S. Fischer. 1977. "Attachment to Place." In Networks and Places: Social Relations in the Urban Setting, by Claude S. Fischer, Robert M. Jackson, C. Ann Stueve, Kathleen Gerson, and Lynn M. Jones. New York: The Free Press.