Assistant Professor of Sociology, Christin Munsch has been invited to be a residential fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS) at Stanford University during the 2022–23 academic year to work on a monograph that extends her work on “masculinity contest cultures” (MCCs) to academic social science and other professional contexts characterized by waning horizontal segregation and persistent vertical segregation. The book draws on findings from four methodologically diverse studies, currently underway, and is tentatively organized around three parts. Part 1 advances a theory of hybridly masculine occupations by describing academic social science in terms of gendered occupational defaults (e.g., rules, norms, expectations) that shift across the prescribed career trajectory. In general, this trajectory continues to reflect and reward men’s bodies and lived experiences, while selectively incorporating elements of femininity and non-hegemonic masculinities, particularly at earlier career stages. Part 2 considers the implications of this structure for both individual social scientists and the work they produce. Specifically, it attracts women and other minorities to the profession--while inflicting increasing levels of physical, emotional, and economic violence--sustaining macro-level patterns of gender inequality. It also leads to slower rates of socially beneficial discovery and diminished societal benefits. Part 3 offers recommendations for revamping professional structures and cultures.
The Office of the Vice President for Research recently announced the Scholarship Facilitation Fund (SFF). The SFF is designed to assist faculty in the initiation, completion, or advancement of research projects, scholarly activities, creative works, or interdisciplinary initiatives that are critical to advancing the faculty member’s scholarship and/or creative works.
We are proud to announce that the following Sociology faculty members were among the winners:
Please join us in congratulating Christin Munsch, who has been promoted to Associate Professor with tenure, and Laura Bunyan, who has been promoted to Associate Professor in Residence!
What careers are most difficult to balance work and family? Easiest?
"Each career has its own unique challenges for balancing work and family - but blue and pink collar occupations and the service industry work are especially difficult. In many white-collar occupations, work can be done from home (as we are seeing now) and the pay is better - so families can outsource things like childcare, even if they have to pay more to find someone at the last minute. But in the service industries, working from home is not an option. (And, neither is bringing your child to work - yet, I have certainly seen colleagues in a pinch do this on occasion. It's not ideal, but it's also not a huge deal. In service occupations, workers are more likely to lose their jobs if they do this). Similarly, employers in these industries want perpetually available workers, whom they can schedule to come in at the last minute, or stay late if someone doesn't show up. This...can be extremely difficult to manage if you have children, and even more so if you are a single parent, live far away from family, or don't have a lot of expendable income you can use to hire help at the last minute."
Excerpted from 2020's Best & Worst States for Working Moms
Christin Munsch, assistant professor of sociology at the University of Connecticut, says that most millennial men say they’re for gender equality, but that it takes more than that to close the gender gap.
“On some level they believe that they want to be these good feminist men that share housework and responsibilities,” she said. “But I think when all that is said and done and it comes to practice on the day to day basis, there’s a reason why it’s not implemented.”
More and more men are in favor of women occupying male-dominated spaces, but are reluctant to enter spaces that have been historically designated as female.
One reason for that is because our society still values masculinity, Munsch speculates. She said that research has shown that male-designated jobs, such as business and engineering, pay more than most female-designated jobs.