Officers of the WFRN

Co-President: Kathleen Christensen

Program Director, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation (

Professional background and interests:
Kathleen Christensen, Ph.D., directs the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation's Working Longer program.  Previously, she established and led Sloan's pioneering program on working families.  Beginning in 1994, she laid out a strategic vision for multidisciplinary work-family research, which resulted in $130 million of Sloan funding for what became the first generation of work-family research and the development of WFRN.  Prior to joining Sloan, she was a Professor of Psychology at the Graduate Center of City University of New York, where she conducted some of the earliest research on work at home and on contingent work.  Among her many honors, Working Mother magazine named her as one of the  "Seven Wonders of the Work-Life Field" and the Families and Work Institute awarded her its inaugural Work Life Legacy Award as a founder of the work-life field.

Co-President: Marcie Pitt-Catsouphes

Professor of Social Work, Boston College (

Professional background and interests:
Marcie Pitt-Catsouphes, Ph.D., is a Professor at the Boston College School of Social Work and has an appointment at the Carroll School of Management at Boston College.  She founded the Sloan Work and Family Research Network in 1997 which has evolved into WFRN.  She also co-founded and served as Director of the Sloan Center on Aging & Work at Boston College, which conducts research and promotes the quality of employment for older adults. Dr. Pitt-Catsouphes has been the Principal or Co-Investigator for many studies, including the 2014-2015 Time and Place Management Study,the 2007-2008 Age & Generations Study, and the 2006 National Study of Business Strategy and Workforce Development. She co-founded the Center for Social Innovation and  established the Social Innovation Lab at Boston College.

Past President: Phyllis Moen

Professor of Sociology, University of Minnesota (

Professional background and interests:
Phyllis Moen (Ph.D., University of Minnesota) holds a McKnight Presidential Endowed Chair at the University of Minnesota, arriving there in 2003 after 25 years as a professor at Cornell University where she held the Ferris Family Chair in Life Course Studies.  She co-directs the Flexible Work and Well-Being Center, part of a larger research network initiative supported by the National Institutes of Health and Centers for Disease Control to investigate workplace policy initiatives aimed at promoting individual and family health and life quality as well as positive business outcomes. Her recent research examines the effect of promoting flexibility and control over time on both older and younger women and men workers, and she is currently writing a book on boomers to be published by Oxford University Press.

Vice President: Anne Bardoel

Associate Professor of Management, Monash University, Australia (

Professional background and interests:
Anne Bardoel, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Management at Monash University, Australia.  She has held various leadership positions in the Department and Faculty including Deputy Head of Department, Deputy Director of the Australian Centre for Research in Employment and Work, Chair of the Faculty Equity and Diversity Committee and currently is Head of the Human Resource and Employee Relations Academic Group in the Department of Management.  She has a strong commitment to working on research with practical implications and seeks to translate her research to high-level community and industry engagement.  She has published widely in highly ranked journals on quality part-time work, family time economies, global work-life management, and multigeneratinal care. She is a member of the Australian Government's Workplace Gender Equality Agency Advisory Group and previously held positions as a member of the Victorian Government's Working Families Council and President of the Work/Life Association (Australia). 

Treasurer: Sarah Damaske

Assistant Professor, The Pennsylvania State University (

Professional background and interests:
Sarah Damaske (Ph.D., New York University) is Assistant Professor of Labor & Employment Relations, Sociology, and Women's Studies at the Pennsylvania State University.  Her research focuses on how work and family transitions lead to cumulating inequalities over the life course. Her research agenda investigates inequalities through three main streams: qualitative interviewing projects examining the relationships between work, family, and inequality, research on how class and gender shape workforce participation, and a focus on the relationships between inequality, work and health. Her first book, For the Family? How Class and Gender Shape Women's Work (Oxford University Press, 2011), was named one of the “most influential books published on the family since 2000” by Contemporary Sociology. She has published in numerous top sociology journals, including Demography, Gender & Society, Work and Occupations, Journal of Health and Social Behavior, Journal of Marriage and Family, Social Science & Medicine, and Social Science Research, and she has been cited extensively in the media. 

Executive Officer: Jerry A. Jacobs

Professor of Sociology, University of Pennsylvania (

Professional background and interests:
Jerry was the Founding President of WFRN and continues to serve as its Executive Officer. He has researched many aspects of women’s educational and career opportunities.  He is active in the American Sociological Association, served as Editor of the American Sociological Review.  He is the recipient of the Worklife Legacy Award and the Rosabeth Moss Kanter Award for Excellence in Work and Family Research for research with Kathleen Gerson.

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