Naomi Gerstel

Distinguished University Professor


Ph.D., Sociology, Columbia University, 1978

Research Areas

Family, Families and Work, Gender, Carework, Race and Care

Selected Publications

Naomi Gerstel and Dan Clawson, “Class Advantage and the Gender Divide: Flexibility on the Job and at Home.” American Journal of Sociology, V. 120, #2, September 2014 Forthcoming.

Dan Clawson and Naomi Gerstel, Unequal Time. NY: Russell Sage Foundation, 2014.

Dan Clawson and Naomi Gerstel, “The Time Crunch: Will Labor Lead?” New Labor Forum. [DOWNLOAD]

Naomi Gerstel and Dan Clawson, “Low Wage Care Workers: Extended Family as a Strategy for Survival” in Mignon Duffy, Amy Armenia, and Clare Stacey (Eds.) Caring on the Clock. NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2014.

Amy Armenia, Naomi Gerstel, and Coady Wing, “Workplace Compliance With the Law: The Case of the Family and Medical Leave Act.” Work and Occupations, V. 41, #3:277-304.

Natalia Sarkisian and Naomi Gerstel, Nuclear Family Values, Extended Family Lives: The Power of Race, Class, and Gender. Routledge Press, 2012.

Naomi Gerstel, “Rethinking Families and Community: The Color, Class, and Centrality of Extended Kin Ties.” Sociological Forum, V. 26, #1, March 2011.

Naomi Gerstel and Natalia Sarkisian, “Marriage Reduces Social Ties,” in Barbara Risman (Ed.) Families as they Really Are. Norton, 2010.

Carla Shows and Naomi Gerstel, “Fathering, Class, and Gender: A Comparison of Physicians and EMTs.” Gender & Society, V. 23, #2:161-187, 2009.

Naomi Gerstel and Amy Armenia, “Giving and Taking Family Leaves: Right or Privilege.” Yale Journal of Law and Feminism, V. 21, #1:161-184, 2009.

Naomi Gersel and Natalia Sarkisian, “Marriage: The Good, the Bad, and the Greedy.” Contexts, V. 5, #4:16-22, 2006.

Naomi Gerstel, “In Search of Time,” Review Essay, Working in a 24/7 Economy. Science, V. 308, #5719, April 8 2005.

Natasha Sarkisian and Naomi Gerstel, “Kin Support Among Blacks and Whites: Race and Family Organization.” American Sociological Review, V. 69, #4:812-837, 2005.

Current Grants

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Grant, “Unofficial Flexibility: An Analysis of Actual Day-to-Day Schedules” (Co-PI: Dan Clawson and Naomi Gerstel), 2008-2009.

Pending Grants

Contesting Time: Negotiations about Work Hours by Gender and Class. (co-PI Dan Clawson and Naomi Gerstel)

Unpaid Caregiving to Kin and Non-Kin: Race, Gender, and Well-Being. NIH. (subcontractor Natasha Sarkisian)

Past Grants

National Science Foundation Grant & Second Supplemental NSF Grant for “Explaining Job Hours and Schedules: Individual, Familial, and Organizational Processes in Four Health Care Occupations.” (Co-PI: Naomi Gerstel and Dan Clawson), 2006-2009.

2004-05. National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT). EMS Personnel: Work Hours and Schedules. Co-PI: Dan Clawson.

2000-06. American Sociological Association. Editorship of the Rose Series in Sociology. With Robert Zussman, Randall Stokes, Joya Misra, Dan Clawson, and Douglas Anderton, co-editors.