Professor of Sociology , University of Texas, Austin
Topics of Expertise:
Childcare (Providers & Systems) / Division of Labor in Families / Economic Inequality / Feminism & Families / Labor & Workforce / Marriage & Divorce / Parenthood: Motherhood/Fatherhood / Work & Family
Jennifer Glass is the Centennial Commission Professor of Liberal Arts in the Department of Sociology and the Population Research Center of the University of Texas, Austin. She has published over 60 articles and books on work and family issues, gender stratification in the labor force, mother’s employment and mental health, and religious conservatism and women’s economic attainment, with funding from the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. She received the Jessie Bernard Award in 2020 from the American Sociological Association, the Harriet Presser Award in 2019 from the Population Association of America, the 2016 Best Publication Award from the Family Section of the American Sociological Association, the Reuben Hill Award in 1986 from the National Council on Family Relations, and has thrice been nominated for the Rosabeth Moss Kanter Award for Excellence in Work-Family Research. Her work has appeared in the American Journal of Sociology, American Sociological Review, Social Forces, Journal of Marriage and the Family, Journal of Health and Social Behavior, Monthly Labor Review, and Demography, among others She has chaired the Sex and Gender Section, the Family Section, the Organizations and Work Section, and served as Vice-President of the American Sociological Association. She is currently the Executive Director of the Council on Contemporary Families, and past Chair of the Social Sciences and Population (B) Study Section at the National Institutes of Health. Her most recent projects explore whether governmental work-family policies improve parents’ and children’s health and well-being, whether women’s jobs really have better work-family amenities than men’s, why women’s retention in STEM occupations remains so abysmally low, and how the economic costs of motherhood have changed over time, all as part of a larger project to understand the roots of women’s disadvantage in the labor market.