public sociology

Joya Misra. “The US is Stingier with Child Care and Maternity Leave than the Rest of the World.” The Conversation. April 18, 2018.

Joya Misra. “Women Earn Less After They Have Kids, Despite Strong Credentials.” the Conversation. April 11, 2018.

Irene Boeckmann, Joya Misra, and Michelle Budig. Motherhood Earnings and Penalties and Work-Family Policies: Is More Always Better? Work in Progress, 2016.

Kyla Walters and Joya Misra. Hours as Punishment and Rewards: Scheduling Practices in Retail Clothing. Work in Progress, 2015. 

Op-Ed, “This Perk Masks the Larger Issue of Wage Penalties for Motherhood,” New York Times, Room for Debate Opinion Pages, October 16, 2014.

Joya Misra. “Which Policies Promote Gender Equality?” Council on Contemporary Families Equal Pay Symposium, June 7, 2013.


Recent columns & blogs on research

Recent interviews and quotes

Interviewed on WGBY’s Connecting Point, May 25, 2018.

Interviewed by Matt Townsend for The Matt Townsend Show on BYU radio, April 26, 2018.

Quoted by Monica Torres in “Having a Baby Between these Ages Makes the Gender Pay Gap Impossible to Overcome. Ladder, April 10, 2018.

Quoted by Sophie Hirsch in “Moms Are Still Earning Less Than Women Without Kids, New Study Finds, & It's A Huge Problem.” Romper, March 14, 2018.

Quoted by Maricar Santos in “This is How Much It Costs Working Mothers to Have Another Child.” Working Mother, March 14, 2018.

Quoted by Jody Allard in “The Motherhood Pay Gap Is Real – and It’s Not Getting Any Better.” Scary Mommy, March 13, 2018.

Quoted by Katie Johnston “Despite Gains, “Motherhood Penalty Persists.” The Boston Globe. March 13, 2018.

Quoted by Lydia DePillis “Moms Still Earn Less than Childless Women – and the Gap Isn’t Closing.” CNN Money. March 13, 2018.

About Me

Joya Misra is Professor of Sociology and Public Policy at the University of Massachusetts. She currently is Vice-President elect of the American Sociological Association.


Department of Sociology

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University of Massachusetts

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