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Jennifer Glass


ProfessorPh.D., University of Wisconsin

Professor in the Department of Sociology, College of Liberal Arts
Jennifer Glass

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work and family issues, telecommuting and new labor practices, STEM labor force retention

Biography


Jennifer Glass is the Barbara Bush Professor of Liberal Arts in the Department of Sociology at the University of Texas, Austin.. She has published over 50 articles and books on work and family issues, gender stratification in the labor force, mother’s employment and mental health, and religious conservatism and women’s economic attainment, with funding from the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Her most recent projects explore the wage effects of flexible work practices, how telecommuting facilitates longer work hours for employees, and whether governmental work-family policies improve or undermine parents’ mental and physical health, all as part of a larger project to understand the roots of mothers’ disadvantage in the labor market.

Courses


WGS 301 • Fertility And Reproduction

45975 • Spring 2016
Meets TTH 3:30PM-5:00PM CLA 0.102
(also listed as SOC 307K)

Description

Why do birth rates rise and fall?  How can the U.S. have both record rates of childlessness as well as the highest rates of teen childbearing and unwanted pregnancy in the industrialized world?  Why does educating women lower birth rates faster than any population control program in the Third World?  This course will explore when, why, how, and with whom Americans bear children, and how we compare to other developed and developing countries in the world.  We will explore infertility and its treatments, the ethics of surrogacy, voluntary childlessness, the rapid rise of nonmarital childbearing in the U.S. and other countries, the politics of childbirth and risks of maternal mortality in developed and developing countries, and the declining populations and rapid aging  of  rich countries including Japan, Italy, and Spain where women have basically stopped having children. 

SOC 384L • Socl Stat: Basic Conc And Meth

44720 • Fall 2015
Meets TTH 3:30PM-5:00PM BUR 228

Description: 

This course covers basic statistical methods in the social sciences to give graduate students a foundation in quantitative sociological methods in preparation for more advanced quantitative methods courses in sociology and other fields. Topics include: frequency and probability distributions, sampling distributions, estimation, and hypothesis testing. The first section of the course deals primarily with the concepts and theoretical foundations of inference. The rest of the course focuses on statistical techniques and various applications including the use of t-tests for comparing means and proportions, Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) for understanding the relationship between categorical factors and a continuous dependent variable, contingency tables and measures of association for categorical and ordinal data, and simple and multiple regression techniques for the analysis of the relationship between continuous independent variables on a continuous dependent variable. Emphasis will be placed on understanding which method to use for a given problem and how to interpret the results of statistical tests. Students will be required to learn how to manipulate statistical formulas and to work with STATA.

 

WGS 301 • Fertility And Reproduction

46505 • Spring 2015
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM CLA 0.130
(also listed as SOC 307K)

Description

Why do birth rates rise and fall?  How can the U.S. have both record rates of childlessness as well as the highest rates of teen childbearing and unwanted pregnancy in the industrialized world?  Why does educating women lower birth rates faster than any population control program in the Third World?  This course will explore when, why, how, and with whom Americans bear children, and how we compare to other developed and developing countries in the world.  We will explore infertility and its treatments, the ethics of surrogacy, voluntary childlessness, the rapid rise of nonmarital childbearing in the U.S. and other countries, the politics of childbirth and risks of maternal mortality in developed and developing countries, and the declining populations and rapid aging  of  rich countries including Japan, Italy, and Spain where women have basically stopped having children. 

SOC 384L • Socl Stat: Basic Conc And Meth

46350 • Fall 2014
Meets MW 4:00PM-5:30PM CLA 0.118

Description: 

This course covers basic statistical methods in the social sciences to give graduate students a foundation in quantitative sociological methods in preparation for more advanced quantitative methods courses in sociology and other fields. Topics include: frequency and probability distributions, sampling distributions, estimation, and hypothesis testing. The first section of the course deals primarily with the concepts and theoretical foundations of inference. The rest of the course focuses on statistical techniques and various applications including the use of t-tests for comparing means and proportions, Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) for understanding the relationship between categorical factors and a continuous dependent variable, contingency tables and measures of association for categorical and ordinal data, and simple and multiple regression techniques for the analysis of the relationship between continuous independent variables on a continuous dependent variable. Emphasis will be placed on understanding which method to use for a given problem and how to interpret the results of statistical tests. Students will be required to learn how to manipulate statistical formulas and to work with STATA.

 

SOC 395F • Work And Family Issues

46640 • Spring 2014
Meets W 3:00PM-6:00PM CLA 3.214F

Desription

The separation of manufacturing and production from the family household was the hallmark of 19th century industrial capitalism and the foundation of contemporary gender inequality.  Ever since, industrialized societies have been struggling to ensure that workers provide time and effort to production outside the home while also bearing and raising the next generation of workers and consumers inside the home. Various solutions have been tried historically and cross-culturally, all grappling with the same questions:

1) How should the money and time consuming "labor" of producing and rearing children be compensated in an economic system based on market exchanges?  What happens in terms of gender inequality and child well-being when its not well compensated?

2) How can women's (and men’s) productive labor be integrated with their reproductive labor in a modern economic system?

The answers to these questions inevitably involve assumptions about appropriate gender relations, the value of childbearing and family life, the role of government in assisting families, and the basis of distributive justice.  Competing cultural views on these issues end up being resolved in part through the political process, in which certain family forms and certain patterns of income distribution are implicitly favored through legislation and public policies.  Our contemporary policy debates about birth control and abortion, nonmarital childbearing, employed mothers, day care, immigration, welfare reform, education cost and quality, divorce and child support, the Social Security crisis, men's responsibility for family caregiving are all echoes of these earlier unresolved questions.

We will compare and contrast how different societies have addressed the modern conundrum of work and family life, focusing on three key themes: 1) how the historical separation of work and home created immediate problems in Europe and the U.S., and how these are spreading through neoliberal globalization to the rest of the world, 2) why 19th century solutions broke down in the 20th century, leaving us a host of policy debates over the solutions to “family decline”,  3) how new models integrating work and family are faring, esp. the expanded welfare states of our European neighbors, and their implications for gender inequality. 

WGS 301 • Fertility And Reproduction

47885 • Spring 2014
Meets TTH 3:30PM-5:00PM CLA 0.112
(also listed as SOC 308)

Description

Why do birth rates rise and fall?  How can the U.S. have both record rates of childlessness as well as the highest rates of teen childbearing and unwanted pregnancy in the industrialized world?  Why does educating women lower birth rates faster than any population control program in the Third World?  This course will explore when, why, how, and with whom Americans bear children, and how we compare to other developed and developing countries in the world.  We will explore infertility and its treatments, the ethics of surrogacy, voluntary childlessness, the rapid rise of nonmarital childbearing in the U.S. and other countries, the politics of childbirth and risks of maternal mortality in developed and developing countries, and the declining populations and rapid aging  of  rich countries including Japan, Italy, and Spain where women have basically stopped having children. 

SOC 384L • Socl Stat: Basic Conc And Meth

46315 • Fall 2013
Meets MW 4:00PM-5:30PM CLA 0.120
This course is intended to provide graduate students in sociology with (a) a level of literacy in statistical methods that will permit a basic understanding of most publications in the field's major journals, (b) the basic tools needed for a master's thesis that uses quantitative methods, (c) preparation for more advanced courses in this department and for independent study, and (d) a sensitivity for the limitations, as well as the strengths, of quantitative methods.

 

WGS 301 • Fertility And Reproduction

47200 • Spring 2013
Meets TTH 3:30PM-5:00PM CLA 0.130
(also listed as SOC 308)

Description

 

Why do birth rates rise and fall?  How can the U.S. have both record rates of childlessness as well as the highest rates of teen childbearing and unwanted pregnancy in the industrialized world?  Why does educating women lower birth rates faster than any population control program in the Third World?  This course will explore when, why, how, and with whom Americans bear children, and how we compare to other developed and developing countries in the world.  We will explore infertility and its treatments, the ethics of surrogacy, voluntary childlessness, the rapid rise of nonmarital childbearing in the U.S. and other countries, the politics of childbirth and risks of maternal mortality in developed and developing countries, and the declining populations and rapid aging  of  rich countries including Japan, Italy, and Spain where women have basically stopped having children. 

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