Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Virginia
Topics of Expertise:
Children / Cohabitation, Committed Relationships & Marriage / Division of Labor in Families / Economic Inequality / Feminism & Families / Gender & Sexuality / Parenthood: Motherhood/Fatherhood / Work & Family
Allison Pugh writes about how families, couples and children adapt to economic trends such as insecurity, commercialization, overwork and risk. Her latest book The Tumbleweed Society: Working and Caring in an Age of Insecurity, (Oxford 2015) examines the broader impacts of job precariousness, including how it shapes our expectations of loyalty at home. She also writes about children and consumer culture, using ethnographic data to get beyond narratives of materialism and vice. Her research has been covered in the New York Times, the Washington Post, NPR’s Marketplace, and multiple other outlets.