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Collins, Caitlyn. 2019. Making Motherhood Work: How Women Manage Careers and Caregiving. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

Reviews: Harvard Business ReviewPublisher’s Weekly (starred review; PW Picks Book of the Week, Feb. 11, 2019), Financial Times

J o u r n a l   A r t i c l e s

Collins, Caitlyn, Katherine Jensen, and Javier Auyero. 2017. “A Proposal for Public Sociology as Localized Intervention and Collective Enterprise: The Makings and Impact of Invisible in Austin.Qualitative Sociology 40(2):191-214.

Rudrappa, Sharmila and Caitlyn Collins. 2015. “Altruistic Agencies and Compassionate Consumers: Moral Framing of Transnational Surrogacy.” Gender & Society 29(6):937-959.

Pudrovska, Tetyana, Deborah Carr, Michael McFarland, and Caitlyn Collins. 2013. “Higher-Status Occupations and Breast Cancer: A Life-Course Stress Approach.” Social Science & Medicine 89:53-61.

Janning, Michelle, Caitlyn Collins, and Jacqueline Kamm. 2011. “Gender, Space, and Objects in Divorced Families.” Michigan Family Review 15(1):35-58.

Janning, Michelle, Jill Laney, and Caitlyn Collins. 2010. “Spatial and Temporal Arrangements, Parental Authority, and Young Adults’ Post-Divorce Experiences.” The Journal of Divorce and Remarriage 51(7):413-427.

C h a p t e r s ,   R e v i e w s

Collins, Caitlyn. 2018. “The Promise and Limits of Work-Family Supports in a Shifting Policy Landscape: A Double Bind for Working Mothers in Western Germany.” Pp. 141-167 in Contemporary Parenting and Parenthood: From News Headlines to New Research, ed. Michelle Janning. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger Press.

Collins, Caitlyn and Jennifer Glass. 2018. “Effects of Work-Family Policies on Parenthood and Wellbeing.” Pp. 337-439 in Handbook of Family Policy, ed. Guðný Björk Eydal and Tine Rostgaard. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar.

Collins, Caitlyn. 2018. The Balance Gap: Working Mothers and the Limits of the Law by Sarah Cote Hampson. 2017. Palo Alto, CA: Stanford University Press. Political Science Quarterly 133(3):587-589.

Collins, Caitlyn. 2017. Labor of Love: Gestational Surrogacy and the Work of Making Babies by Heather Jacobson. 2016. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press. Gender & Society 31(5):699-701.

Collins, Caitlyn. 2015. “The Difference between a Cocktail Waitress and a Stripper? Two Weeks.” Pp. 115-137 in Invisible in Austin: Life and Labor in Austin, Texas, ed. Javier Auyero. Austin, TX: University of Texas Press.

Reviews: Publisher’s Weekly (starred review, PW Picks Book of the Week, Aug. 31, 2015), KirkusBooklist

Collins, Caitlyn and Michelle Janning. 2010. “The Stuff at Mom’s House and the Stuff at Dad’s House: The Material Consumption of Divorce for Adolescents.” Pp. 163-177 in Childhood and Consumer Culture, eds. David Buckingham and Vebjørg Tingstad. Hampshire, England: Palgrave Macmillan.

O t h e r   W r i t i n g

“The Real Mommy War is Against the State.” The New York Times, Feb. 10, 2019.
Caitlyn Collins

Women — again, on this side of the Atlantic — routinely assume it’s their duty to stitch together time off after childbirth. Those fortunate to qualify for parental-leave benefits — even two months at full pay, or six weeks at partial pay — feel real gratitude for such slim provisions. And in a country where most women (too often the poor and racial-ethnic minorities) receive no paid leave at all, that gratitude makes sense. But being able to work and raise the next generation of taxpayers and employees should never be deemed a matter of mere “luck.”

Everyone should feel entitled to more.


“5 Ways European Moms Have it Better Than Us.” Working Mother, February 27, 2019.

It’s 2019. Regardless of where they live, the majority of moms today work for pay outside the home. Two incomes are necessary to keep most households afloat. Given this economic reality, you’d think most western countries would offer similarly robust family supports. But that’s far from the truth. The types and levels of work-family policies vary widely from country to country. And this affects how families arrange childrearing and employment—whether parents get one month or one year to be home with a newborn, or can afford to leave work when their child gets sick without fear of being fired, or if dads are actively involved in caregiving.


“Americans Love Seeing Swedish Dads Out With Their Kids. This is a Problem.” Slate, April 11, 2018.
Caitlyn Collins

Residents of Stockholm love to joke that tourists from the United States are easy to spot fresh off the airplane: As they look around the city’s cobblestone streets, they seem bewildered at the sight of so many men—alone in public, no female partners in sight—pushing children in strollers. They ask why nannying is such a popular job for men. Visitors are shocked to learn that these men aren’t paid babysitters but, in fact, fathers.



“In Germany, Parents Can Sue the Government for Failing to Provide Child Care. The Atlantic, Jan. 10, 2017.
Caitlyn Collins

A judge has ruled that mothers and fathers can try to recover wages they lost from staying home to take care of their kids. [ . . . ] The court’s decision is part of a broader conversation taking place in Germany and around the world about who is responsible for the care of children in an age when two out of three mothers work outside the home in economically developed countries. In the case of Germany, the government’s decision to offer high-quality, low-cost, universal daycare helps to spread the expense of childrearing across society, suggesting that it is not parents’ job alone to either raise children themselves or contract it out and pay for that service themselves. (Germany’s public child-care system is state-subsidized and its operation is decentralized, so parents’ contributions are set by the regions and vary according to family size and income.) Germany’s approach is not merely some charitable effort to help families; it also comes with real economic gain, as child-care availability is known to have a positive impact on women’s employment decisions.


“Take Your Child to Work Day Happens a Lot More Than Once a Year.” Princeton University Press Blog, April 26, 2018.
Caitlyn Collins

For my mom, Take Your Child to Work Day happened a lot more than once a year. And they weren’t planned as part of a national “holiday” sponsored by the likes of Goldman Sachs, MetLife, and Chevron. They usually weren’t planned at all, and they weren’t a celebration. Babysitters called in sick and daycare closed early. Schools had snow days, teacher planning days, holidays… We ran a fever or caught a cold and needed to be picked up early. So like mothers throughout the country, she hauled us to her office. This isn’t what the creators of Take Your Child to Work Day envisioned. … Rather than asking girls to set their sights higher or for workplaces to accommodate families one day a year, what changes can be made on a national level to make the lives of all families better and happier? And what role can organizations play in making this vision a reality?

O p – E d s

Auyero, Javier, Caitlyn Collins, and Katie Jensen. “Exposing the Underbelly of Austin’s Economic Segregation.” Austin American-Statesman, June 24, 2015.

Collins, Caitlyn, Katie Jensen, Kristine Kilanski, and Javier Auyero. “The Other Side of Austin, TX.” Metropolitiques, March 2, 2015.

M a n u s c r i p t s   i n   P r o g r e s s

Collins, Caitlyn. “Who to Blame and How to Solve It: Mothers’ Perceptions of Work-Family Conflict Across Western Policy Regimes.” Revise and Resubmit, Journal of Marriage and Family.

Collins, Caitlyn. “Is Maternal Guilt a Cross-National Experience?” Revise and Resubmit, Qualitative Sociology.

Collins, Caitlyn. “A Right or a Privilege? How Mothers Frame Work-Family Policy Support.”

Collins, Caitlyn and Ellie Zimmerman. “The Birth of the Motherhood Penalty: Pregnancy Announcements at Work.”

Collins, Caitlyn and Rachel Hellman. “The Meanings Mothers Attach to Outsourced Childcare and Housework.”

Collins, Caitlyn. “Revisiting the Chicago School: Poverty, Welfare Policy, and the Politics of Marriage in 20th and 21st Century America.” Invited chapter for The Enduring Relevance of the Chicago School of Sociology for Contemporary Urban Studies, ed. Dennis Rodgers and Gareth Jones.

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