Karen Christopher, Ph.D.

Professor & Director of Graduate Studies


Dr. Christopher is a professor of sociology. Her main research interests include the intersections of gender, race/ethnicity, and class in families and workplaces. Dr. Christopher's recent projects explore women's employment trajectories during the pandemic, work/life conflict among nurses, and parenthood in academia. She has published in Gender & Society, Advances in Gender Research, and Race, Class, & Gender.  She teaches Sociology of Families, Gender and Work, Qualitative Methods (graduate), and Masculinities. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing tennis, and traveling.

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 456 Gender and Work
SOC 618 Qualitative Research Methods