Associate Professor of Sociology
PhD., 2012, Cornell University
Christin Munsch earned a Ph.D. in sociology from Cornell University in 2012 and then completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford University’s Clayman Institute for Gender Research. She specializes in family, work and occupations, gender, social psychology, and quantitative methods. The overarching goal of her research is to identify the ways in which contemporary, dual earner families organize interaction based on a traditional, breadwinner-homemaker model and the consequences of this mismatch for individuals, relationships, and the reproduction of inequality. This goal has generated two strains of research. First, her dissertation work considers the meaning and significance of breadwinning and investigates the effects of economic dependency in married and cohabiting heterosexual partnerships. In a second line of inquiry, she examines the “flexibility bias” and the ways in which penalties for flexible work vary by family structure.