Gayle Kaufman


Ph.D. Brown University, Sociology
M.A. Cornell University, Development Sociology
B.A. Cornell University, Rural Sociology


My research examines aspects of modern marriage, parenting and family, with a particular focus on fathers. I've published more than 30 articles and chapters in multiple journals and books. Last year I won the Sage Prize for Innovation for an article I co-authored on maternal employment, childcare and health care in Britain and the US. My book, Superdads: How Fathers Balance Work and Family in the 21st Century (New York University Press), was released in June and I have written or appeared in essays in the Wall Street Journal, The Globe and Mail, and other online outlets.

Last year I was a Fulbright Scholar at Leicester University in the UK. I taught a course on gender, work, and family and conducted research on the UK's new Additional Paternity Leave policy. Previously I was a visiting associate at the University of Cambridge. I have also traveled to Sweden several times to collaborate with Swedish colleagues at Stockholm University and Mälardalen University. This research focuses on family transitions, gender role attitudes, and work adjustments among young adult Swedes.

I teach courses in gender and society, American families, gender, race and sports, men and masculinity, statistics, and research methods. I love teaching at Davidson because the college encourages professors to work with students on their research projects. I have advised senior majors as they have collected, analyzed, and written theses on a variety of topics related to gender, family, and sports. Examples include: masculinity among single-sex and coed high school students; hookup culture and gender equality on campus; interracial dating; sex, relationships, and parenting among black non-cohabiting parents; parental divorce and attitudes toward marriage; athletic team culture and academic achievement; and underrepresentation of minority head football coaches. I've also had the privilege to take students to professional conferences. In the last three years, I have taken 15 students to the annual Southern Sociological Society Conference in Atlanta, Jacksonville, and New Orleans, where they shared their research papers with professionals in the field.