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Fac Roos PatriciaPatricia A. Roos
Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles, 1981

Department of Sociology
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
26 Nichol Avenue
New Brunswick, New Jersey 08901

Office: Davison Hall, 115
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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 2014" (with Lindsay Stevens).

Prof. Roos is currently writing in two broad research areas: (1) occupational sex segregation since 2000; (2) grief and resilience in the midst of the opioid epidemic. She teaches courses in work; inequalities; sociological writing; undergraduate and graduate methods. She will be teaching an honors course on Addiction in Spring 2019.

Reflecting her research interests in higher education, from 2008 through 2011, she served as Co-PI on the NSF ADVANCE Institutional Transformation grant:  “RU-FAIR:-Rutgers University for Faculty Advancement and Institutional Re-Imagination.”  She also served as Chair of the Sociology Department (1991-1997) and Area Dean for the Social & Behavioral Sciences (1997-2000).

In AY 2018-19, Prof. Roos will be a fellow at the Institute for Research on Women's seminar Public Catastrophes, Private Losses, working on a project entitled Public Catastrophe, Private Loss: Grief and Resilience in the Midst of the Opioid Epidemic.


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