Assistant Professor of Sociology
Affiliate Faculty, Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin, 2016
Wednesdays, 2-4 pm
Caitlyn Collins is an Assistant Professor of Sociology and affiliate faculty of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Washington University in St. Louis. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Texas at Austin in 2016. Collins conducts cross-national qualitative research on gender inequality in the workplace and family life. She is broadly interested in the relationship between policy, culture, and social inequality.
Professor Collins' current research is an interview study of 135 working mothers in Germany, Sweden, Italy, and the United States. These four countries offer distinct policy approaches to reconciling work-family conflict. She examines how different ideals of motherhood and gender equality are embedded in these policy regimes, and how they shape the daily lives of working mothers in these countries. This work is supported by the National Science Foundation, American Association of University Women, European Union, and others. A book manuscript based on this project, Impossible Ideals: How Women Work and Care in Europe and America, is under contract with Princeton University Press.
Professor Collins recently co-authored a book, Invisible in Austin: Life and Labor in an American City, that uses ethnographies of 11 low-wage workers to highlight the growing gap between rich and poor in one of America’s booming cities.
Research by Professor Collins has been published in Gender & Society, Social Science and Medicine, Michigan Family Review, the Journal of Divorce and Remarriage, and several edited books. This work has received press coverage from sources including The Atlantic, Washington Post, National Public Radio, Huffington Post, and The Guardian.