Professor, University of Pennsylvania
Jerry A. Jacobs is Professor of Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania, where he has taught since earning his Ph.D. in sociology at Harvard in 1983. He served as Editor of the American Sociological Review from 2004-2006. In 2012, he served as Founding President of the Work and Family Researchers Network, an interdisciplinary and international scholarly associated that focuses on work and family issues. His numerous books, edited volumes, journal articles and book chapters have addressed various aspects of women’s employment, including authority, earnings, working conditions, part-time work and work-family conflict, and entry into male-dominated occupations. Specific studies have targeted women physicians, academics, managers and welfare recipients. His research with Kathleen Gerson was honored with the Rosabeth Moss Kanter Award for Excellence in Work-Family Research in 2002, and led to the publication of The Time Divide: Work, Family and Gender Inequality, published by Harvard University Press in 2004. His current projects include an experimental survey of attitudes toward the employment of parents of young children, an historical study of women’s entry into STEM fields, and an investigation of the future of work. His book on interdisciplinarity, In Defense of Disciplines: Interdisciplinarity and Specialization in the Research University, has just been published by the University of Chicago Press.