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B.A. 1999, Sociology/Women’s Studies, Western Michigan University
M.A. 2001, Sociology, University of Washington
Ph.D. 2006, Sociology, University of Washington
Jennifer Hook is Associate Professor of Sociology and Spatial Sciences at the University of Southern California. Her research areas include gender, family demography, inequality, work-family, social policy, child welfare, and comparative sociology. Hook focuses on how social contexts, particularly social policies and opportunities in the labor market, impact individuals and families. Her recent work examines the influence of country context on fathers’ time with children, the division of household labor, and women’s employment, as well as the impacts of state policy and practice on foster children’s outcomes and the economic vulnerability of parents involved with the child welfare system. Her research has appeared in journals including the American Sociological Review, the American Journal of Sociology, and the European Sociological Review. She is coauthor of Gendered Tradeoffs: Family, Social Policy, and Economic Inequality in Twenty-One Countries (Russell Sage 2009).