University of Wisconsin–Madison

I am a Postdoctoral Research Associate with the Center for Research on Child Wellbeing and the Office of Population Research at Princeton University. I completed my PhD at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in August 2018.

My research, which has been published in Journal of Marriage and Family and Sociology of Education, looks at inequality across the life course and across generations, with a focus on gender, parenthood, and family formation.

In my dissertation, I explored how gender inequality-generating processes unfold across the life course and how these processes vary across women. In three stand-alone empirical chapters examining related themes, I paid specific attention to variation in the effects of gender and motherhood by women’s educational attainment. I showed that gender and motherhood have heterogeneous effects by education and by other demographic characteristics including race, parity, and fertility timing. I also considered how and why labor force outcomes vary by race, fertility timing, and parity within education groups. By highlighting and identifying variation in processes and effects across groups and across the life course, my findings add nuance to the conversation on women’s labor market trajectories.

Contact:

cdoren@princeton.edu

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