Kathleen Gerson

Collegiate Professor of Arts and Science, NYU

Kathleen Gerson is Professor of Sociology and Collegiate Professor of Arts and Science at New York University. Her work focuses on the connections among gender, work, and family life in post-industrial societies. She conducts research that seeks to combine the deep understandings of qualitative, life history interviews with the rigor of systematically collected samples and carefully situated comparisons. Her theoretical concern aims to explain the interactive links between processes of social and individual change, with special attention to how institutional conflicts and contradictions prompt creative human action. Professor Gerson’s most recent book, The Unfinished Revolution: How a New Generation is Reshaping Family, Work, and Gender in America (Oxford University Press, 2011), addresses a new generation’s experiences growing up amid changing families and blurring gender boundaries. The Unfinished Revolution shows how irreversible but incomplete change has created a growing clash between new egalitarian ideals and resistant social institutions. Although young women and men hope to fashion flexible, egalitarian gender strategies, they are falling back on less desirable options that are fostering a new gender divide between “self-reliant” women and “neo-traditional” men. The solution to these 21st century conundrums is to finish the gender revolution by creating more flexible, egalitarian workplaces and more child-supportive communities.

Related Publications:

The Unfinished Revolution: How a New Generation is Reshaping Family, Work, and Gender in America. New York: Oxford University Press (2011).

No Man's Land: Men's Changing Commitments to Family and Work. New York: Basic Books (paperback edition, 1994).

(with Jerry A. Jacobs) The Time Divide: Work, Family, and Gender Inequality. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press (paperback edition, 2005; Korean translation, 2009).

The Unfinished Revolution: How a New Generation is Reshaping Family, Work, and Gender in America. New York: Oxford University Press (2011).

No Man's Land: Men's Changing Commitments to Family and Work. New York: Basic Books (paperback edition, 1994).

(with Jerry A. Jacobs) The Time Divide: Work, Family, and Gender Inequality. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press (paperback edition, 2005; Korean translation, 2009).