Allison Pugh, PhD.
Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Virginia
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Topics of Expertise:
Child Welfare / Economic Inequality / Feminism & Families / Gender & Sexuality / Labor and Workforce / Parenthood: Motherhood/Fatherhood / Work & Family
Allison Pugh is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Virginia and an honorary research fellow at the University of Sydney in Australia. Dr. Pugh’s books include Longing and Belonging: Parents, Children and Consumer Culture (University of California Press, 2009), which won multiple awards, and The Tumbleweed Society: Working and Caring in an Age of Insecurity (Oxford University Press, 2015). She is interested in intimacy, care, parenting, work, inequality, children, and culture. Her most recent book is about how job insecurity shapes the way parents approach commitment, both at work and at home. She has also written about how children use consumer goods such as electronic games and sneakers, how low-income parents practice a form of “windfall childrearing,” and how toy catalogs promise intensive mothering without mothers.