Kathleen Gerson

With Mothers at Work, Their Children are Benefiting

Kathleen Gerson

Is a professor of sociology at New York University, where she is also Collegiate Professor of Arts and Science. She has held visiting positions at the Russell Sage Foundation in New York City and the Center for the Study of the Life Course in Bremen, Germany, and has served as President of the Eastern Sociological Society and Chair of the Family Section of the American Sociological Association. She received her B.A. at Stanford and her Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley.

Professor Gerson's published work focuses on the connections among gender, work, and family life in post-industrial societies. A recognized expert on the methods of qualitative research, Gerson relies primarily on original in-depth, life history interviews gathered from systematic samples to explain the links between processes of social and individual change.

Gerson is the author or co-author of five books and over fifty articles, essays, and opinion pieces. Her work has received grants from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the Russell Sage Foundation, and the National Institute of Mental Health. She is the recipient of the Rosabeth Moss Kanter Award for excellence in Work-Family Research, the Charles Phelps Taft Lectureship at the University of Cincinnati, and the Distinguished Feminist Lectureship awarded by the Sociologists for Women in Society.

Gerson has participated in a wide range of research and policy initiatives on the state of families, work, and gender in contemporary America, including the Council on Contemporary Families; the Ford Foundation Project on Integrating Work, Family, and Community; the Sloan Foundation Research Network on Work-Family Issues; and the Gender Module of the General Social Survey.



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