University of Massachusetts Amherst

Department of Sociology



Michelle Budig

Michelle Budig

Curriculum Vitae

Education and Interests

(Ph.D., Arizona 2001)

Gender Inequality in Labor Markets, Work and Family Conflict, Feminist Theory, Contingent Labor and Self-Employment, Quantitative Methods

Awards and Honors

  • 2011 Reuben Hill Award, Research and Theory Section, National Council on Family Relations
  • 2009 World Bank / Luxembourg Income Study Gender Research Award
  • 2003 Rosabeth Moss Kanter Award for Research Excellence in Families & Work, Center for Families at Purdue University and the Boston College Center for Work & Family

Recent Publications


"Cross-National Patterns in Individual and Household Employment and Work Hours by Gender and Parenthood." Joya Misra, Michelle J. Budig, and Irene Boeckmann. Research in the Sociology of Work 22:169-208.

"Work-Family Policy Consequences of Employment and Wages of Mothers." Joya Misra, Michelle J. Budig, and Irene Boeckmann. Community, Work, and Family 14(2):139-57.


"Differences in Disadvantage: How the Wage Penalty for Motherhood Varies Across Women's Earnings Distribution." Michelle J. Budig and Melissa Hodges. The American Sociological Review 75(5):705-28.

"Care Work Employment and Earnings in a Cross-National Perspective." Michelle J. Budig and Joya Misra. The International Labour Review 149(4):441-60.

"Who Gets the Daddy Bonus? Markers of Hegemonic Masculinity and the Impact of First-time Fatherhood on Men's Earnings." Melissa Hodges and Michelle J. Budig. Gender & Society 24(6):717-745.


  • 2011 — Catalyst, Inc. (New York, New York), "Gender, Parenthood, Wage Inequalities, and Work-Family Policies." Invited talk.
  • 2010 — U.S. Congressional Joint Economic Committee (Washington, DC), Hearing on "New Evidence for the Gender Pay Gap for Women in Management." Invited expert witness testimony.
    Archived Webcast
  • 2010 — Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Conference on Research on Interrelations Between Demographic and Political Processes: Comparative Databases,"'Existing Experiences and Future Potentials (Berlin)' Challenges to Measuring Family Policy Changes in Comparative Research." With Irene Boeckmann.
  • 2010 — "Exploring the Heterogeneity of Women's Entrepreneurship in Europe and USA: The Impact of Family Structure and Family Policies in Europe and the US." Vartuhi Tonoyan, Michelle J. Budig, and Robert Strohmeyer. Pp. 137-62 in Women Entrepreneurs and the Global Environment for Growth, edited by A. de Bruin, C.G. Brush, E.J. Gatewood, and C. Henry. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing.


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