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Principal Investigator

Jennifer Lundquist

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Associate Dean, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences (Faculty Development)
Professor, Sociology
Family Research Scholar, 2006-07


A social demographer with an emphasis on race and ethnic stratification, family formation patterns and immigration, Dr. Jennifer Lundquist evaluates racial disparities along a variety of demographic outcomes, including marriage, family stability, fertility and health. Her work in this area extends to an exploration of the neighborhood effects of residential segregation as well as a re-evaluation of race relations from a social contact hypothesis perspective.

Lundquist's research seeks to uncover the relationship between U.S. community racial segregation and racial disparities. She also explores the socioeconomic similarities and differences between white and black women who are childless, mothers of only children, and mothers of two or more children.

Michelle Budig

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Professor and Department Chair, Sociology
Care, Work and Family Policy Network
Family Research Scholar, 2006-07


Michelle Budig's research interests focus on gender, employment, labor markets, earnings, stratification, and family. Her research has appeared in the American Sociological Review, Social Forces, Social Problems, Gender & Society, and numerous other professional journals. Currently she is working on an NSF-funded project using multi-level models with cross-national data to estimate the effects of work-family reconciliation policies on the motherhood wage penalty. She is a past recipient of the World Bank/Luxembourg Income Study Gender Research Award and the Rosabeth Moss Kanter Award for Research Excellence in Families and Work.

As a Family Research Scholar, Budig worked on two projects which investigated how work-family reconciliation policies affect women's family formation patterns across twenty-two countries. Governments have enacted many of these policies to slow or reverse fertility decline, but little research has directly examined the effects of policies, such as paid maternity leave, publicly subsidized day care, or leave targeted for fathers, on women's fertility. The second project investigated the growing differences in family formation patterns among social groups in the United States. This research suggests that socioeconomic opportunity and race shape the “opportunity costs” associated with childbearing.

Julie Hemment

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Associate Professor, Anthropology
Family Research Scholar, 2005-2006


Julie Hemment’s research has focused on Russia in the post-Soviet period. She specializes in Russia, post-socialism, gender and transition, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and global civil society, feminist anthropology, Participatory Action Research Methodology and public anthropology. Hemment’s work is in the tradition of community-oriented action anthropology, aimed at not only studying communities, but also addressing their needs and striving to build their capabilities.

Her book Empowering Women in Russia Activism, Aid, and NGOs (Indiana University Press, 2007), which is a first-hand account of social activism and the politics of development in post-socialist Russia, has met with outstanding reviews. During her Family Research Scholar year, Hemment developed a collaborative project to explore and promote community service learning (CSL) in Russia entitled “Youth Voluntarism and the Restructuring of Social Assistance Programs in Provincial Russia.” She authored seven proposals as a Family Research Scholar and was awarded six of these proposals, including an award from the National Science Foundation.

Daniel Clawson

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Professor, Sociology
Family Research Scholar 2003-2004


Dan Clawson's research focuses on labor movements and labor policies in the United States, and their impact on the well-being of families. Dr. Clawson's research is very widely cited and well received outside academic circles, as well as having had an immense impact within his discipline. He has served as president of the faculty union and the Massachusetts Society of Professors (affiliated with the National Education Association), and as editor of the journal Contemporary Sociology and co-editor of the Rose Series in Sociology.

He is a former national chair of Scholars, Artists, and Writers for Social Justice (SAWSJ), which worked to connect intellectuals and the labor movement, and was chair of the Labor and Labor Movements section of the American Sociological Association. His sole, co-authored or edited books include Unequal Time: Gender, Class, and Family in Employment Schedules (2014), The Next Upsurge: Labor and the New Social Movements (2003), Families at Work: Expanding the Bounds (2002), Dollars and Votes: How Business Campaign Contributions Subvert Democracy (1998), Required Reading: Sociology's Most Influential Books (1998), Money Talks: Corporate PACs and Political Influence (1992) and Bureaucracy and the Labor Process: The Transformation of U.S. Industry 1860-1920 (1980). His articles have appeared in the American Sociological Review, American Journal of Sociology, Annual Review of Sociology, New Labor Forum, Social ProblemsActes de la Recherche en Sciences Sociales, Contexts, Industrial and Labor Relations Review and numerous other journals. His most recent book, with Naomi Gerstel, examines job hours and schedules in four health care occupations (physicians, nurses, nursing assistants and EMTs), and the ways workers do or do not contest those hours. He and Gerstel were selected to be a resident fellow at the Russell Sage Foundation for their project "Inequality in Work Hours and Schedules" during 2011-12.

Daniel Anderson

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Professor Emeritus, Psychological and Brain Sciences
Family Research Scholar, 2003-04 & 2007-08


Daniel Anderson’s general area of research is children and media, particularly television. He focuses on a cognitive analysis of children’s television viewing, as well as the impact of television on cognitive development and education.

Dr. Anderson’s research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, as well as private foundations and industry.His current research concerns the impact of television on infants and toddlers as well as toddler attention to and comprehension of video. Dr. Anderson participated in the Family Research Scholars program twice: initially to develop his successful proposal to the National Science Foundation on “The Impact of Television on Very Young Children” and a subsequent year, to prepare a a proposal to the National Institute for Children’s Health and Development to investigate the use and impact of television and videos on infants and toddlers.

Naomi Gerstel

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Distinguished University Professor
Professor, Sociology
Family Research Scholar, 2003-2004


Naomi Gerstel’s research focuses on work and families, with particular attention to gender gaps in paid and unpaid caregiving. She explores the effects of employment on the care adult daughters and sons give to their parents, the effects of marriage on women’s and men’s ties to their parents, siblings and the broader community, the ways race, gender and class jointly shape work and family ties, and how social class shapes fathering as well as the enforcement and utilization of the Family and Medical Leave Act.

As a Family Research Scholar, Dr. Gerstel and Dr. Dan Clawson (FRS '03-04 and Professor of Sociology) developed proposals to study the ways work hours are shaped by organizations, occupations, unions and families. Together with Dr. Clawson she has published numerous books and journal articles, most recently Unequal Time: Gender, Class, and Family in Employment Schedules (2014). The National Science Foundation funded two of their proposals, NAEMT funded a third, and the Sloan Foundation funded a fourth. Dr. Gerstel has also been a visiting scholar at the Russell Sage Foundation and her research has been supported by the National Institutes of Health, the Rockefeller Foundation and the National Academy of Science.