Changing Definitions of Families

Usdansky, Margaret L

Margaret L. Usdansky is an Assistant Professor of Sociology and a Senior Research Associate with the Center for Policy Research at Syracuse University.  She received her doctorate from Princeton University and was selected to join the first cohort of Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Early Career Scholars in 2007. Her research interests are in the areas of single-parent families, child care, parents’ daily experiences juggling work and responsibility for young children and the gendered division of household labor.  Her recent work has explored changing depictions of single-parent families in popular magazines and social science journals and the impact of child care problems on working mothers. She has also studied the history of U.S. policy toward employment-based immigrants and temporary workers and the earnings of foreign-born scientists and engineers. Usdansky’s research has appeared in the Journal of Family Issues and Sociological Inquiry and will be the subject of a forthcoming scholarly exchange in the Journal of Marriage and Family.  Usdansky is a member of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Work-Family Teaching Task Force.

Expertise: Changing Definitions of Families, Work-Family Conflict, Single Parents, Child Care

(315) 443-5765
(315) 443-1081

Center for Policy Research
Syracuse University
426 Eggers Hall
Syracuse NY 13244-1020
United States

Davis, Shannon N.

Shannon N. Davis holds a B.A. in Sociology from University of North Carolina: Asheville and a M.S. and Ph.D. in Sociology from North Carolina State University.  She is a faculty member at George Mason University, teaching classes in sociology of families, gender, and research methods.  Her research has two foci.  One vein focuses on the creation of families and the negotiation of family life.  Specifically, she examines how adolescents create and maintain relationships, how family members negotiate the intersection of paid and unpaid work in their daily lives, and how gender inequality is reproduced in families.  The second focus of her research is on the construction and maintenance of work-family gender ideologies.  Her current research examines the ways in which work-family gender ideologies inform adolescent and adult decisions about education, work, and relationships.  Other recent research has focused on testing the predictive power of theories on divorce, the division of household labor, and perceptions of fairness of the division of household labor using cross-national samples. Her research has been published in Journal of Marriage and Family, Journal of Family Issues, and Social Science Research, among other journals.  Professor Davis is a former Post-doctoral Scholar from the Carolina Population Center.  She was a 2007-2008 Sloan Early Career Work and Family Scholar.

Expertise: Changing Definitions of Families, Work-Family Conflict, Work-Family Spillover, Beliefs about Work-Family Balance


George Mason University
Department of Sociology and Anthropology
4400 University Dr. MS 3G5
Fairfax VA 22020
United States

Huffman, Ann H.

Ann Huffman is an assistant professor of Psychology and Management (W. A. Franke College of Business) at Northern Arizona University. Ann received her Ph.D. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from Texas A&M University in 2004. Prior to Texas A&M University, Ann worked as a principal investigator with the Walter Reed Army Research Institute-Europe.

Her primary research interests include the work-life interface, high stress occupations (e.g., police, military), diversity in the workplace, and sustainability issues. Ann has published in the Academy of Management Journal,Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, Military Psychology, Journal of Business and Psychology,Psychological and Educational Measurement, and Human Resource Management. Additionally, she has written chapters in several edited books.

Ann has received grants from Society for Human Resource Management Foundation and the Society of Industrial-Organizational Psychologist Small Grant to support her researchShe was also recently chosen a Sloan Early Career Work-Family Scholar.

Expertise: Families of Color: Hispanic, Older Workers/Aging Workforce, Heath and Wellbeing, Overwork/Workload, Diversity and Inclusion, Rentention/Recruitment, Telework and Telecommuting, Changing Definition of Families, Work-Family Conflict, Work/life Integration

(928) 523-5881

Northern Arizona University
Department of Psychology
Box 15106
Flagstaff AZ 86011
United States

van der Lippe, Tanja

Expertise: Dual Earner Families, Child Care, Flexible Work Schedules, Organizational Culture Change, Overwork/ Workload, Part-time or Reduced Hours Work, Telework and Telecommuting, Maternity Leave, Paternity Leave, Paid Family Leave - State, Work-Family Balance, Work-Family Conflict, Work/life Integration.


Edwards, Rosalind

Rosalind Edwards is Professor in Social Policy and Director of the Families & Social Capital ESRC Research Group at London South Bank University. She has a longstanding research interest in family lives, which involves an emphasis on people’s own understandings of their experiences and an awareness of social divisions. She has recently completed the direction of a large, five-year, multi-project programme of work on family dynamics and social capital processes. Together with Simon Duncan (University of Bradford) she developed the concept of gendered moral rationalities in understanding how lone mothers’ see the relationship between motherhood and paid work, which has gained influence in European scholarship. The concept has also been extended to understand partnered mothers’, and teenage parents’, understandings of paid work and child care.

Expertise: Dual Earner Families; Single Parents; Child Care; Generational/Diversity; Changing Definititions of Families; Community, Work and Family; Work-Family Balance; Work/life Integration

Professor and Director
+44 (0)207 815 5

London South Bank University- Department of Social Policy
United Kingdom

Goldberg, Abbie E

Abbie E. Goldberg is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Clark University. She received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her main research interests are in the area of gender, work, and family. She recently completed a longitudinal study on lesbian couples’ transition to biological parenthood, which explored changes in lesbian mothers’ social support, mental health, relationship quality, and the division of paid and unpaid labor across the transition to parenthood. Her most recent research focuses on heterosexual, lesbian, and gay couples’ transition to adoptive parenthood. Specifically of interest is (a) How do families’ work-family lives change across the transition? (b) What factors are associated with better adjustment across the transition? (c) (How) do gender and sexual orientation figure into participants’ adjustment and experience of parenthood? Dr. Goldberg’s work has appeared in a number of journals, including Journal of Marriage and Family, Family Relations, Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, Journal of Family Psychology, American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, and Adoption Quarterly. She is currently writing a book on lesbian and gay parent families that will be published by the American Psychological Association.

Expertise: Dual Earner Families; Lesbian and Gay Parents; Changing Definition of Families; Work-Family Conflict; Gender, Work, and Families; The Division of Paid and Unpaid Labor; The Transition to Parenthood; Diverse Families; Adoption.

Assistant Professor
(508) 793-7289

Clark University
Department of Psychology
950 Main St.
Worcester MA 01610
United States

Jackson, Maggie

Maggie Jackson is an award-winning author and columnist whose latest book Distracted: The Erosion of Attention and the Coming Dark Age details the steep costs to our epidemic deficits of attention, while revealing the exciting scientific discoveries related to attention that can help us overcome a culture of split-focus and overload. Publishers Weekly calls Distracted “passionately argued and richly detailed” and Harvard Business School professor Rosabeth Moss Kanter praises the book as “fascinating.”

Jackson writes the Boston Globe’s popular ``Balancing Acts” column, with a special focus on the impact of technology on our lives. Her acclaimed first book, What’s Happening to Home, examined the loss of home as a refuge.

Expertise: Dual Earner Families, Older Workers/Aging Workforce, Families with Disabilities/Special Needs, Overwork/Workload, Changing Definitions of Families, Work-Family Balance, Attention and Distraction, Social impact of technology on work and home lives and general cutting edge cultural/social change

917 855 2855

Hostetler, Andrew J.

Andrew Hostetler is an Assistant Professor of Psychology and a Faculty Associate at the Center for Women & Work at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, where he joined the faculty in September 2005. Dr. Hostetler previously taught at University of Minnesota, Morris (2002-2005), and he held a Sloan Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Cornell Employment and Family Careers Institute and the Bronfenbrenner Life Course Center, Cornell University from 2001-02.  He received his Ph.D. in Psychology & Human Development from the University of Chicago in 2001, and also holds degrees from Stanford University (M.A. in Education) and Cornell University (B.A.).

Dr. Hostetler’s research focuses broadly on social and personality development, in ecological context, from adolescence through later life.  He has secondary interests in the areas of cultural and community psychology, as well as gender and sexual development.  These broad interests are tied together by a general concern with the role of individual choice, as it is both enabled and constrained by ecological factors, in shaping subjective well-being, life satisfaction, and other developmental outcomes.  He is currently pursuing these theoretical concerns via three separate lines of research.  The first research line examines contexts and processes of optimal development among lesbians and gay men.  The second line addresses gender differences in anticipating, planning for, and managing the demands of work and family.  Finally, he is working on a large-scale collaborative project, funded by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, that focuses broadly on ethnic and cultural differences in family and community life, productive engagement, and well-being in the so-called “third age” of the post-retirement years. He has recently published his work in Sex Roles and the Journal of Homosexuality (forthcoming)

Expertise: Dual Earner Families; Retirees; Elder Care; Changing Definitions of Families; Community, Work and Family; Work/life integration


Cooke, Thomas J

Thomas J. Cooke earned his PhD from Indiana University prior to joining the Geography Department at the University of Connecticut in 1994. With the support of the NSF, the Sloan Foundation, and the Social Science Research Council, his research on family migration decision-making and its economic and social consequences for family members (primarily wives) crosses divides between disciplines and within the discipline of geography.  Recent research establishes that family migration may contribute as much to the gender gap in earnings as other life course events such as childbirth.

Expertise: Dual Earner Families, Flexible Work Schedules, Health and Wellbeing/Wellness, Paternity Leave, Part-time or Reduced Hours Work, Changing Definitions of Families, Work-Family Balance


England, Paula

Paula England is a sociologist at Stanford University.  Her research relevant to work/family issues includes:  the motherhood penalty in wages, power in couples, housework division, divorce, occupational sex segregation, the sex gap in pay, class/education differences in intended and unintended fertility and in shotgun marriages, unmarried parents with children.

Expertise: Dual Earner Families, Changing Definitions of Families, Work-Family Conflict


Stanford University
Department of Sociology
Stanford CA 94305-2047
United States

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