Care, Work and Family Policy Network

The Care, Work and Family Policy Network is a group of researchers affiliated with the Center for Public Policy and Administration and the Center for Research on Families at the University of Massachusetts Amherst as well as the Five Colleges in the Pioneer Valley. The group has been meeting regularly since Fall 2008 to discuss and review early versions of papers, books, and grant proposals. 

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

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

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Associate Professor, Political Science & Public Policy
Family Research Scholar 2006-07
Steering Committee
Early Childhood Group
Research:

Brenda Bushouse's  research interests include early childhood policy, nonprofit governance, and policymaking processes.

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Professor, Sociology
Family Research Scholar 2003-04
Care, Work and Family Policy Network
Steering Committee
Research:

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

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Associate Professor, Women Studies
Family Research Scholar 2009-10
Care, Work and Family Policy Network
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Miliann Kang’s research interests include social construction of race, gender and class; sociology of the body, emotional labor and service interactions, immigrant women's work; Asian American Communities; Relations between Korean Americans and African Americans. As a Family Scholar, she considered how the decision to “opt out” or

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Associate Professor, History
Care, Work and Family Policy Network
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Laura Lovett specializes in twentieth century U.S. women's history with special interests in the histories of childhood, youth movements, and the family. Her work has focused on pronatalism, reproductive regulation, eugenics, and ideals of the family, as well as the intersection of women's and children's history. She is the author of Conceiving the Future: Pronatalism, Reproduction, and the Family, 1890-1938 and co-edited a critical collection entitled

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Professor, Sociology and Center for Public Policy and Administration
Family Research Scholar 2004-05, 2013-14
Care, Work and Family Policy Network
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Joya Misra’s work focuses on gender inequality among advanced welfare states, where gender equality has made the most progress but also where national variation is most apparent. Her research analyzes this variation over time, considering how gender inequalities have changed over the last 25 years and the extent to which family and household dynamics contribute to this variation. In her proposal entitled “Parenthood, Gender, and Earning Inequality in Advanced Welfare States,” she plans to analyze eighteen different advanced industrialized countries from 1985 through 2010.

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Professor, Psychology
CRF Director
Family Research Scholar 2006
Care, Work and Family Policy Network
Steering Committee
Stress Research Group
Research:

Maureen Perry-Jenkins is a nationally renowned scholar whose contributions on the national, state, regional, and university levels have had profound impact. Her work focuses on the ways in which socio-cultural factors such as race,

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