Professor of Sociology with the Maryland Population Research Center and Director of the Maryland Time Use Lab
Topics of Expertise:
Cohabitation, Committed Relationships & Marriage / Couples Conflict, Separation & Divorce / Division of Labor in Families / Parenthood: Motherhood/Fatherhood / Work & Family
Liana C. Sayer is a Professor of Sociology, Faculty Affiliate of the Maryland Population Research Center, and Director, Maryland Time Use Laboratory, at the University of Maryland. Sayer’s research investigates time use and gendered aspects of relationships as fundamental mechanisms that reinforce and reconfigure gender inequality. Her research documents greater similarity in women’s and men’s time in household and care work across Western industrialized states, but more from women shifting time to socially valued activities like work than men shifting time to devalued activities like housework. Sayer’s current projects examine variation in effects of micro characteristics on time use within and across gendered welfare state regimes; and how patterns and determinants of gendered time use vary across women and men of different socioeconomic and racial-ethnic groups. This work highlights how the basic story of gender convergence in time use masks substantial variation in time inequality regimes within and between gender, class, and racial-ethnic groups and nations. The other strand of Sayer’s research examines gendered relationship processes and outcomes vary for women and men. The key contribution of this work is showing how economic power, by itself, is insufficient for understanding gender relations. Sayer’s work has been published in Journal of Marriage and Family, Social Forces, and American Journal of Sociology.