Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology

Jennifer Hook

Professor, Sociology; Director, Graduate Studies
University of Southern California


CSDE Research Areas:

  • Wellbeing of Families and Households

Jennifer Hook (Ph.D. University of Washington, 2006) is Professor of Sociology at the University of Southern California.  Her research areas include gender, family demography, inequality, work-family, social policy, and comparative sociology. Hook focuses on how social contexts, particularly social policies and opportunities in the labor market, impact individuals and families. Her recent work examines the influence of country context on women’s employment, fathers’ time with children, and the division of household labor, as well as the impacts of state policy and practice on foster children’s outcomes and the economic vulnerability of parents involved with the child welfare system. Her research has appeared in journals including the American Sociological Review, the American Journal of SociologySocial ForcesJournal of Marriage and Family, and the European Sociological Review.

Her book (co-authored with Becky Pettit of the University of Texas – Austin) Gendered Tradeoffs: Family, Social Policy, and Economic Inequality in Twenty-One Countries (Russell Sage Foundation 2009) was selected as a Noteworthy Book in Industrial Relations and Labor Economics in 2010. A related paper (also with Pettit) was a finalist for the 2006 Rosabeth Moss Kanter Award for Excellence in Work-Family Research.  She has also received the Aldi J.M. Hagenaars Memorial Award given to the best 2015 LIS Working Paper written by a scholar under the age of forty for her manuscript “Incorporating Class into Work-Family Arrangements: Insights from and for Three Worlds.”  And her 2006 paper “Care in context: Men’s unpaid work in 20 countries, 1965-2003” was awarded two ASA Section Outstanding Graduate Student Paper Awards (Sociology of the Family and Sociology of Sex and Gender).

Hook’s work has been funded by grants from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the Sloan Foundation, and the Center for Poverty Research at UC-Davis.  She is the recepient of fellowships from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, the Fulbright Foundation, and the National Science Foundation. In AY 2018-19 she was a fellow at the WZB Berlin Social Sciences Center.

She has served on editorial board of the American Journal of SociologyJournal of Marriage and FamilySocial ForcesSocial Problems, and Sociological Perspectives. From 2015-2018 she served as Director of Graduate Studies of the Sociology Department, and returned to the role as Co-Director in 2020.

Hook is an award-winning teacher and mentor. She has been awarded the Dornsife General Education Teaching Award (2014) and the USC Mentoring Award for Faculty Mentoring Graduate Students (2020). She regularly teaches Soci 169 Changing Family Forms, Soci 464 Gender & Work, Soci 651 Social Stratification, and Soci 680 Writing for Publication in Sociology.