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Bruns' research investigate the consequences of social and structural inequality for women and their families. Her current projects examine the impact of family member incarceration on women's economic well-being and health, how the conditions of low-wage jobs influence work-family balance, and the impact of multiple job holding on maternal and child well-being.
Shows that, on average, women's hours of work were not significantly impacted by the incarceration of their partners. Reveals that there was a positive relationship between partner incarceration and employment among more advantaged groups of women (e.g. married women, White women).