Melissa is a sixth year graduate student in residence. Her interests include race, class and gender inequality, income inequality, gender and work, care work, and social policy. She is currently developing a dissertation prospectus that investigates the effects of children on couples' earnings. She has served as co-chair of the Sociology Graduate Student Association (2008-2009) and as a Graduate Employee Organization Steward (2007-2008). Melissa is a member of the American Sociological Association and the Population Association of America.
2004 B.A. Social Relations, James Madison College of Public Affairs, Michigan State University
He's Having a Baby: How First-time Fatherhood Impacts Men's Earnings." Defended December 12, 2008.
"The Effects of Children on Earnings: Investigating Inequality Within and Between Households." To be defended August 29, 2011.
Melissa Hodges and Michelle Budig. 2008. "Self-Employment" Encyclopedia of the Life Course and Human Development.
Michelle J. Budig and Melissa J. Hodges. 2010. "Differences in Disadvantage: Variation in the Motherhood Wage Penalty Across White Women's Earnings Distribution." American Sociological Review 75(5): 705-728.
Melissa J. Hodges and Michelle J. Budig. 2010. "Who Gets the Daddy Bonus? Organizational Hegemonic Masculinity and the Impact of Fatherhood on Earnings." Gender & Society. 24(6): 717-745.
Research Projects in Progress
A comparative study of the impact of social policies on women's self-employment in Western Europe with Dr. Michelle Budig
"Penalties for Paid and Unpaid Care Work." With Paula England, Suzanne Bianchi, Michelle Budig, and Joan Kahn.
Awards and Fellowships
Recipient of the Center for Research on Families' Graduate Student Research Grant, 2010, University of Massachusetts Amherst
2011 Reuben Hill Award for Best Paper from the National Council on Family Relations for "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.
Sociology 222 – Sociology of the Family, Spring 2010
Sociology 107 – Contemporary American Society, Fall 2006
Sociology 242 – Drugs and Society, Spring 2007
Sociology 222 – Sociology of the Family, Fall 2007
Sociology 213 – Data Collection, Spring 2008; 2009
Sociology 212 – Introduction to Statistics, Fall 2008
Sociology 711 – Introduction to Graduate Statistics, Fall 2009