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. Her first book is Making Motherhood Work: How Women Manage Careers and Caregiving (2019, Princeton University Press). Outside academia, she has written for public audiences in The Atlantic, Slate, Harvard Business Review, and The New York Times.
No Jargon Podcast
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A moving, cross-national account of working mothers’ daily lives—and the revolution in public policy and culture needed to improve them.
Tracks the origins, makings and impacts of the book Invisible in Austin to evaluate its model of public sociology: as a collective enterprise with a local aim. Concludes with three suggestions: to approach public sociology as collective enterprise, to take narrative seriously, and to seek wide exposure.
Discusses how state-provided public policies supporting families help reduce the gap in wellbeing between parents and non-parents across industrialized countries.
Discusses how scholars can intervene effectively and widely in the local public sphere with their research.
Documents the ways in which transnational surrogacy in India persists and thrives despite its common portrayal as the “rent-a-womb industry” and “baby factory.”
Details the life of a 23-year-old woman working to survive in Austin, Texas as a waitress and exotic dancer, and presses readers to consider issues of coercion and consent for women in service sector work.
Shows how women in higher-status occupations who exercise authority on the job have a higher risk of receiving a breast cancer diagnosis than housewives and women in lower-status occupations. This suggests that there are negative health consequences to gender inequality in workplaces.