Affiliated Faculty

Ethel Brooks

Sharon Bzostek

Deborah Carr Deborah Carr is a life course sociologist whose research focuses on the ways that macrosocial changes affect individual-level health and well-being, and gender differences therein. Her recent studies focus on the psychosocial consequences of obesity and weight change; the ways that psychological, couple-level, and death context characteristics shape the bereavement experiences of older widows and widowers; and gender differences in the psychological consequences of work and family roles across the life course and across different birth cohorts. She is currently the principal investigator of two National Institute of Aging-funded studies of end-of-life plans and preparations among older adults and their families. One study focuses on healthy, community-dwelling white older adults in Wisconsin; the other focuses on terminally ill white, black, and Latino older adults in New Jersey. She has published more than 75 journal articles and book chapters. Her research has appeared in journals including Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences, Journal of Health and Social Behavior, Journal of Marriage and Family, Social Forces, Social Psychology Quarterly, and Sociological Methodology. She is the co-editor of Spousal Bereavement in Late Life (Springer, 2007), editor in chief of the Encyclopedia of the Life Course and Human Development (Cengage, 2009), and author of Worried Sick: Why Stress Hurts Us and How to Bounce Back (Rutgers University Press, 2014). She is chair-elect of the ASA section on Sociology of Aging & the Life Course and incoming editor of the Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences.

Selected Publications

Carr, Deborah. 2014. Worried Sick: How Stress Hurts Us and How to Bounce Back. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press.

Boerner, Kathrin, Daniela Jopp, Deborah Carr, Laura Sosinsky, and Se-Kang Kim. 2014. “’His’ and ‘Her’ Marriage? Exploring the Gendered Facets of Marital Quality in Later Life.” Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences 69: 579-589.

Pudrovska, Tetyana, Deborah Carr, Michael McFarland, and Caitlyn Collins.2013. “Higher-Status Occupations and Breast Cancer: A Life-Course Stress Approach.” Social Science & Medicine 89: 53-61.


Integrative Pathways to Health and Illness (National Institute on Aging 5P01 AG020166-09).  Project 1: Psychosocial Contributors to Health and Illness: The MIDUS Refresher, and Core C: Methodological Core. 01/01/2002 – 06/30/2016. Principal Investigator: Carol D. Ryff, Co-investigator: Deborah Carr.            

Economic Status, Health & Wellbeing Over the Life Course and Across Generations (National Institute on Aging 5 P01 AG029409-07). Project 4:  Disability, Time Use, and Wellbeing Among Older Adults. Principal Investigator: Vicki A. Freedman, Co-investigator: Deborah Carr. 12/01/2012 – 11/30/2017.    

The Wisconsin Longitudinal Study (National Institute on Aging AG020166). Project 2: The Impact of End-of-Life Planning on the Quality of Death & Survivor Well-Being (D. Carr, PI); Project 18: Marital Life Course and Late-Life Health: A Biopsychosocial Approach (D. Carr, PI). Project co-principal investigators: Deborah Carr and Pamela Herd. 09/15/2002 - 06/30/2014.

Honors and Awards

Editor, Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences (starting January 2015)

Chair, Section on Aging and the Life Course, American Sociological Association.

Chair, General Social Survey Board of Overseers

Judith Gerson Analyzing the complexities of gender relations is foundational to my research and teaching.  My current project on narrative and collective memory among German Jewish refugees engages these ideas by unraveling the meanings of gender during World War II--a moment when arguably other identities—being German, Jewish, stateless, and so forth had greater weight.  Through a close reading of people’s memoirs, diaries, letters, and archival records of various organizations and governmental agencies, I find that indeed gender always matters.  In times of crisis, however, there is strong support for the conclusion that women and men are more alike one another than during relatively stable periods.  

My graduate teaching engages themes of gender complexity by focusing on how best to theorize gender and then how well do these theoretical tools serve researchers in their empirical work.  My graduate seminars typically review the development of gender theories and assess the relative merits of different approaches. In each seminar, time is devoted to exploring the most recent applications of gender theories.  Invariably our work examines the contributions and limitations of intersectional analyses with the goal of figuring out how to respond to potential weaknesses in this approach.

My teaching is split between Sociology and Women’s and Gender Studies, and in the latter department I often teach Feminist Research Methods at the graduate level.  While explicitly interdisciplinary in its emphasis, I transport some of my work in that course into my research and teaching of narrative analysis in Sociology.

Selected Publications

Gerson, Judith M. 2012. “Family Matters: German Jewish Masculinities among Nazi Era Refugees.” Pp. 210-31 in Jewish Masculinities in Germany, edited by B.M. Baader, S. Gillerman, and P. Lerner.  Bloomington: Indiana University Press.


Grants for an International Workshop on “Everyday Life in the Camps.” Paris, September 3 – 5, 2009 with K. Hegburg and E. Maländer Koslov.

Centre interdisciplinaire d’études et de recherches sur l’Allemagne Fondation pour la Mémoire de la Shoah Institut d’históire du temp present Kulturwissenschaftliches Institut Essen.

Rutgers Office of International Programs, School of Arts and Sciences  

Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies International Residential Research Fellowship. U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, 2005 - 2006

Honors and Awards

Award for Distinguished Contributions to Undergraduate Education. School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University, 2012

Joanna Kempner

Lauren J. Krivo  Lauren Krivo’s research focuses on the structural, spatial, and racialized underpinnings of urban inequality with a particular focus on ethnoracial inequality in crime and violence. Her book with Ruth D. Peterson, Divergent Social Worlds: Neighborhood Crime and the Racial-Spatial Divide (Russell Sage 2010) shows that inequalities in crime across neighborhoods of distinct colors are rooted in the extraordinary differentials in community conditions that are core components of residential segregation in U.S. urban areas. She has published widely on the role of segregation in city and neighborhood crime as well as contributing to broader academic dialogue on race, ethnicity, crime, and justice. She is currently conducting the second wave of the National Neighborhood Crime Study (funded by the National Science Foundation) which will provide the only national panel data on crime in neighborhoods across the United States. These data will be used to examine how the changing character of neighborhoods and cities promotes or reduces local crime in light of the dramatic economic and social changes that occurred in the United States since 2000. She is also currently studying the macro-structural sources of lethal violence (with Julie Phillips) and patterns and consequences of inequalities in how residents experience neighborhoods beyond where they live. Krivo is the co-founder of the Racial Democracy, Crime, and Justice Network (RDCJN) with Ruth D. Peterson.

Selected Publications

Krivo, Lauren J., Reginald A. Byron, Catherine A. Calder, Ruth D. Peterson, Christopher R. Browning, Mei-Po Kwan, and Jae Yong Lee. 2015. “Patterns of Local Segregation: Do They Matter for Crime?” Social Science Research 54:303-318.

Jackson, Aubrey L., Christopher R. Browning, Lauren J. Krivo, Mei-Po Kwan, and Heather M. Washington. 2015. “The Role of Immigrant Concentration Within and Beyond Residential Neighborhoods in Adolescent Alcohol Use.” Journal of Youth and Adolescence. online first.

Peterson, Ruth D. and Lauren J. Krivo. 2010. Divergent Social Worlds: Neighborhood Crime and the Racial-Spatial Divide. New York: Russell Sage.


National Science Foundation, Sociology & Law and Social Science Programs. “Crime and Community in a Changing Society: The National Neighborhood Crime Study 2.” Principal Investigator. Collaborative Research Project with Maria Vélez and Christopher Lyons, University of New Mexico. June 2014-May 2016.

National Science Foundation, Sociology Program. “EAGER: Developing an Application for Assessing Respondent Experiences of Their Surroundings in Real Time.” Co-Principal Investigator with Janne Lindqvist, Hana Shepherd, and Zaire Dinzey-Flores. January 2015-December 2015.

Honors and Awards

Recipient of the 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award, Division on People of Color and Crime, American Society of Criminology.

Catherine Lee

Norah MacKendrick  Norah MacKendrick studies gender and environmental health, with a focus on social responses to chemical body burdens and toxins in food and consumer products. She writes and teaches about consumer citizenship, food politics and gender.

Selected Publications

MacKendrick, N.A. Forthcoming. “More Work for Mother: Precautionary Consumption as a Maternal Responsibility. Gender & Society.

Cairns, K., Johnston, J. and N. MacKendrick. 2013. "Feeding the 'organic child': Mothering through ethical consumption." Journal of Consumer Culture. 13(2): 97-118.

MacKendrick, N.A. 2010. "Media framing of body burdens: Precautionary consumption and the individualization of risk." Sociological Inquiry. 80(1): 126-149.


Research Council Grant (2013-14)

Patricia A. Roos Professor Roos's research interests include work; inequalities; gender and work; stratification; and work/family. In 1985, she published Gender and Work: A Comparative Analysis of Industrial Societies (SUNY Press), and in 1990 she coauthored with Barbara Reskin Job Queues, Gender Queues: Explaining Women's Inroads Into Male Occupations (Temple University Press). She has authored sole or collaborative articles on a number of topics, among them "Shifting Gender Boundaries: Women's Inroads into Academic Sociology" (with Katharine Jones); "Staffing Personnel: Feminization and Change in Human Resource Management" (with Joan Manley); "Occupational Feminization, Occupational Decline? Sociology's Changing Sex Composition;" "The Gender Gap in Earnings: Trends, Explanations, Prospects" (with Mary Gatta); “Rethinking Occupational Integration” (with Mary Gatta); “Changing Families/Changing Communities: Work, Family, and Community in Transition” (with Mary Trigg and Mary Hartman); “Gender (In)Equity in the Academy:  Subtle Mechanisms and the Production of Inequality” (with Mary Gatta); "Interconnecting Work and Family: Race and Class Differences in Women's Work Status and Attitudes;" "Not So Separate Spheres;" and "Integrating Occupations:  Changing Occupational Sex Segregation in the U.S. from 2000 to 2010" (with Lindsay Stevens).Prof. Roos is currently writing in three broad research areas: (1) occupational sex segregation since 2000; (2) gender equity in higher education, and (3) race, class, and gender differences in work/family behavior and attitudes.  Reflecting her research interests in higher education, from 2008 through 2011, she served as Co-PI on the NSF ADVANCE Institutional Transformation grant.  She teaches courses in work; inequalities; work, family, politics; sociological writing; and undergraduate and graduate methods.

Selected Publications

Roos, Patricia A., and Lindsay M. Stevens.  2014.  "Integrating Occupations:  Changing Occupational Sex Segregation in the U.S. from 2000 to 2010.”  Paper to be presented at the ASA meetings, August, 2014.

Reskin, Barbara F., and Patricia A. Roos.  1990.  Job Queues, Gender Queues: Explaining Women's Inroads Into Male Occupations. Philadelphia:  Temple University Press.

Roos, Patricia A., Mary Trigg, and Mary Hartman.  2006.  “Changing Families/Changing Communities: Work, Family, and Community in Transition.”  Community, Work & Family 9(2):197-224.

For additional publications, see my CV


National Science Foundation ADVANCE Institutional Transformation Grant, 2008-2013, “RU-FAIR-Rutgers University for Faculty Advancement and Institutional Re-imagination” (Co-PI, with Joan W. Bennett and Catherine Duckett)

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Grant, 2001-2002, “Re-imagining Work and Community: Perspectives from Professional Women in Dual-Earner Families” (PI, with Mary S. Hartman)

National Science Foundation Grant, 1993-1996, "ACollaborative Study of 1970-1990 Trends in Occupational Sex and Race Composition" (with Barbara F. Reskin)

For additional grants, see my CV

Honors and Awards

Vice President, American Sociological Association, 1998-99

President's Award and Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, SUNY Stony Brook, 1986

Sarah Rosenfield

Zakia Salime

Kristen W. Springer

Arlene Stein Arlene Stein is Professor of Sociology, specializing in the study of gender, sexuality, and intimacy. At Rutgers, she teaches courses in the sociology of sexuality and gender, culture, religion, individual and society, among other topics, and serves on the graduate faculty of the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies. She is the author of several books. Sex and Sensibility: Stories of a Lesbian Generation, based on interviews and ethnographic fieldwork conducted in the San Francisco Bay Area, looks at how feminism changed popular conceptions of sexuality. It book argues for the importance of understanding sexuality in multidimensional ways, as a cultural, political, and individual phenomenon. The Stranger Next Door: The Story of a Small Town’s Battle Over Sex, Faith, and Civil Rights, looks at how a religious conservative campaign against gay/lesbian civil rights deeply polarized a small community, and how the culture wars of the 1990s impacted ordinary Americans. Her latest book, Reluctant Witnesses: Survivors, Descendants, and the Rise of Holocaust Consciousness documents how descendants of survivors brought their parents’ trauma stories into American public discourse, and reflects upon the relationship between generations, victimhood, and cultural power.

Selected Publications

Reluctant Witnesses: Survivors, Descendants, and the Rise of Holocaust Consciousness (Oxford 2014)

The Stranger Next Door: The Story of a Small Community’s Battle Over Sex, Faith, and Civil Rights (Beacon 2001)

Sex and Sensibility: Stories of a Lesbian Generation (California 1997)

Honors and Awards

Simon and Gagnon Award for career contributions to the study of sexualities, given by the American Sociological Association

Ruth Benedict Award, American Anthropological Association.


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