Collegiate Professor of Arts & Science |
Professor of Sociology | New York University

Current Projects

Kathleen is currently working on...

Gender, Work, and Care in the New Economy

As jobs become more precarious, intimate relationships more fragile, and work-family boundaries more porous, Americans of all stripes face new conflicts between earning a living and caring for others. How is the rise of insecurity in jobs and relationships reshaping people’s strategies for addressing the rising conflicts between work and caretaking? What are the implications for gender and class inequality? And how do these new realities influence the prospects for creating more egalitarian work and family options? Drawing on extensive interviews with a broad cross-section of adults residing in the Silicon Valley and New York areas, I offer an overview and roadmap for understanding the strategies today’s workers and parents are pursuing as they endeavor – with varying degrees of success – to build work ties, sustain intimate relationships, and care for children and other dependents in increasingly uncertain times.

gender strategies & discontents in the new economy

“Different Ways of Not Having It All: Work, Care, and Shifting Gender Arrangements in the New Economy.” In Beyond the Cubicle: Job Insecurity, Intimacy, and the Flexible Self, edited by Allison Pugh. New York: Oxford (2017).

Juggling work & care without a safety net 

“The Logics of Work, Care, and Gender Change in the New Economy: A View from the U.S.” Pp. 19-35 in “Work-Family Dynamics and the Competing Logics of Regulation, Economy, and Morals, edited by Berit Brandth, Sigtona Halrynjo, and Elin Kvande. London and New York: Routledge.

whither the gender revolution in an age of insecurity 

“There’s No Such Thing as Having It All: Gender, Work, & Care in an Age of Insecurity.” In Gender in the 21st Century: The Stalled Revolution and the Road to Equality, edited by Shannon N. Davis, Sarah Winslow, and David J. Maume. Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press (2017).


The Science and Art of Interviewing

Drawing on years of experience conducting and analyzing qualitative interviews, I have teamed with Sarah Damaske, Associate Professor of Labor & Employment Relations, Sociology, and Women's Studies at Pennsylvania State University, to write a book on the science and art of interviewing. Our book considers the theoretical foundations of interviewing as a research method, while also providing a “how to” guide for addressing the analytic conundrums, practical obstacles, and emotional ups and downs that interviewers routinely encounter (but rarely discuss) as they design, conduct, and report on their interview-based research..


Recent addresses

Opening Keynote Address, Conference on Involved Fatherhood and the Work-Family Interface:

“Why Men Can’t Have It All: Men’s Caretaking Strategies in the New Economy”


Recent addresses

Invited Lecture, Conference on the Work-Family Interface:

“Caught Between Work and Care: American Conflicts in Cross-National Context”