Sarah Damaske

Assistant Professor of Labor & Employment Relations, Sociology, and Women’s Studies<br
507B Keller Building University Park , PA 16802
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Sarah Damaske’s research investigates how competing forces of stratification, particularly gender, race and class, influence work and family transitions across the life course.  Her book, For the Family? How Class and Gender Shape Women’s Work, (Oxford University Press), received awards from the National Women’s Studies Association and the North Central Sociological Association and was named one of the “most influential books on the family published since 2000” by Contemporary Sociology. In it, Dr. Damaske argues that women’s workforce participation is best understood from a life course perspective, which pointed her to the discovery that some working-class and working poor women experienced multiple bouts of unemployment during their twenties and thirties, following an “interrupted” workforce pathway. In her on-going collaboration with Dr. Adrianne Frech, she investigates linkages between work-family, gender, and health over the life course, including in a 2012 Journal of Health and Social Behavior publication that findsfull-time working women who are employed continuously across the life course are significantly healthier than their stay-at-home, part-time working, and persistently unemployed peers. Her new research (supported by the National Science Foundation, the American Sociological Association Fund for the Advancement of the Discipline, and the Pennsylvania State University Population Research Institute) investigates gender differences in unemployment experiences across the life course.

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