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Melissa Milkie
Professor
Melissa Milkie
4127A Art/Sociology Building
Department of Sociology
Phone:
(301) 405-6428
Email:
mmilkie@umd.edu
Melissa Milkie is Professor of Sociology, affiliate faculty of the Women’s Studies Program and faculty associate of the Maryland Population Research Center. She is currently a Deputy Editor at American Sociological Review and at Gender & Society. Professor Milkie's expertise lies in the areas of culture, gender, family, the work-family interface, and health. She has written extensively about time spent in work and family roles and its implications for health and well-being. With Suzanne Bianchi and John Robinson, she is author of "Changing Rhythms of American Family Life," which won two book awards; this work examined changes (some of these surprising ones) in mothers' and fathers' time allocations across four decades, as well as parents' feelings about time. Milkie also systematically examines links among the work-family interface and family dynamics, including how parents’ work-family roles shape children’s health, how spouses' work conflicts affect the other partner, and how children influence parents’ mental health. Methodologically, she has wide-ranging expertise in a variety of quantitative and qualitative approaches, ranging from Hierarchical Linear Modeling to content/textual analysis. Professor Milkie is founding director of the Culture Lab at Maryland, a training and resource lab for analyzing and assessing culture through content/textual analysis and other methods. She examines cultural models of gender, work and family, for example surrounding “involved fathering” and “intensive mothering.” Recent projects focus on cultural meanings of blame for low father involvement and how parenting time is contested.
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