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Seminar Series: Nonstandard Work Schedules Over the Life Course: A First Look

Harriet B. Presser, Distinguished University Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Maryland
When Sep 26, 2011
from 12:00 PM to 01:30 PM
Where 0124B Cole Student Activities Bldg.
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Contact Phone 301-405-6403
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About the Talk

Large numbers of Americans work nonstandard schedules. Cross-sectional data reveal that one-fifth of all employed Americans work mostly in the evening at night, or on a rotating shift. Moreover, one-third of all dual-earner couples with young children include at least one spouse working one of these shifts. Such widespread employment at nonstandard times is a significant social phenomenon, with important implications for the health and well being of individuals and their families and for the implementation of social policies. Yet we know so little about this phenomenon. After reviewing the minimal research that does exist, Professor Presser addresses for the first time the extent to which Americans work nonstandard schedules over the course of their working lives. She does so with data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth (1979 cohort from ages 18 to 39), examining gender, race-ethnicity, and educational differences. Further analytic work is planned.

 About the Speaker

Harriet Presser, Sociology

Harriet B. Presser, Ph.D., is a Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Sociology.  She was the founding Director of the Center on Population, Gender, and Social Inequality (now the Maryland Population Research Center) at the University of Maryland, College Park, serving from 1988 to 2001.  Professor Presser is Past President of the Population Association of America (1989), and was named George Washington University’s 1992 Distinguished Alumni Scholar, having received her B.A. from there in 1959.  She is the recipient of numerous other awards, and has held residential fellowships at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford (1986-87, 1991-92, and 2003-04), the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Science (1994-95), the Russell Sage Foundation (1989-99 and summer 2000), the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Study and Conference Center (March-April 200) and the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Study (February-April 2007).

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