Karen Christopher, Ph.D.

Associate Professor


Dr. Christopher is an associate professor of sociology and received her PhD in sociology from University of Arizona in 2000. Her articles and book chapters explore the intersections of gender, race and class in the family, labor market, and welfare state.  Dr. Christopher's recent research projects include a comparative study of U.S. and Canadian mothers with young children; articles from this project appear in Gender & Society and Advances in Gender Research. Two other projects explore work/life conflict among nurses, and parenthood in academia; see her CV for publications and papers under review from these projects.  She teaches Sociology of Families, as well as several cross-listed courses with Women's & Gender Studies:  Gender and Work, Feminist Research Methods in the Social Sciences (graduate), and Masculinities. In her spare time, she enjoys coaching her children's sports teams, reading fiction, and hiking.

Research Areas
Sociology of Families
Gender and Work
Gender, Race, and Class
Research Methods
Qualitative Methods

Teaching Areas
SOC 323 Diversity and Inequality
SOC 329 Sociology of Families

SOC 618 Qualitative Research Methods