Catherine (KT) Albiston is Professor of Law and Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley. Her research focuses on the relationship between law and social change, especially how social institutions interact with law to affect broader systems of power and inequality. Her current empirical research addresses rights mobilization and family and medical leave, workplace bias against mothers and caretakers, and the role of public interest law organizations in democracy and civil society. Her book, Institutional Inequality and the Mobilization of the Family and Medical Leave Act: Rights on Leave, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2010. She is active in the Law and Society Association, American Sociological Association, and the newly formed Work and Family Researchers Network. Before joining the Berkeley faculty, she was an attorney at the Legal Aid Society of San Francisco representing low wage workers in employment cases, and then joined the faculty at the University of Wisconsin Law School where she also held affiliate appointments in Sociology and Women’s Studies.
This event is sponsored by the ISSR Scholars Program, promoting successful research and grants development for social science faculty across the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Dr. Albiston visits UMass to collaborate with ISSR Scholar Kathryne Young. This public talk is co-sponsored with the Department of Sociology at UMass Amherst.