Making Motherhood Work

A moving cross-national account of working mothers’ daily lives—and the revolution in public policy and culture needed to resolve their struggles


I am an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Washington University in St. Louis. My research examines the production and consequences of social inequality. I use qualitative methods to understand gender inequality in the workplace and in family life.

My current project is a cross-national interview study of 135 working mothers in Sweden, Germany, Italy, and the United States. These four countries offer distinct policy approaches to reconciling work-family conflict. I examine how different ideals of gender, motherhood, and employment are embedded in these policies, and how they shape the daily lives of working mothers in these countries.

A book based on this research called Making Motherhood Work: How Women Manage Careers and Caregiving was recently published by Princeton University Press.

I am a 2019 Nancy Weiss Malkiel Scholar (Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation) and a 2018 Work and Family Researchers Network Early Career Fellow. I earned my PhD in Sociology from The University of Texas at Austin and my BA in Sociology from Whitman College. My research is supported by organizations including the National Science Foundation, American Association of University Women, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), and the Swedish Council of America.

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