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Irene Boeckmann

January 1, 1995 | By |

Assistant Professor

Irene Boeckmann is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Toronto. Her research and teaching interests include gender, family, work and inequality, welfare states, and public policy. Her research centers on questions about how the unequal distribution of unpaid work between women and men shapes gender inequalities in the labour market, and how race, ethnicity and social class bear on these inequalities. Often using a cross-nationally comparative lens, her research explores how broader societal, labour market and policy contexts mitigate inequalities in employment and economic well-being.

In her current work on fathers, she is studying why men tend to experience earnings gains when they become parents, and whether labour market regulations and welfare state policies can help explain why the relationship between men’s earnings and fatherhood varies across countries. Aother strand of her work focusses on the gendered processes that shape how couples with different economic resources organize paid and unpaid work before and after the transition to parenthood in countries across Europe and North America.

She received her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst in 2014. Before joining the faculty at the University of Toronto in 2016, she was a post-doctoral fellow at the WZB Berlin Social Science Center in Germany.

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