Kristin E. Smith

Visiting Associate Professor
Academic Appointments

Visiting Associate Professor of Sociology

Kristin Smith’s research focus is on gender inequality, labor markets and employment, and work and family policy. She has researched labor force issues, including gender differences in job tenure and shifting determinants of women’s labor supply and the consequences of those shifts. In addition, Smith has studied occupational variation in earnings, job retention and job flexibility, principally focused on care workers and more recently on STEM workers. Smith also studies family policy, including paid family and medical leave, examining inequity in access and impacts on labor supply decisions. Smith’s expertise lies in examining trends in how work and family life interconnect, developing workforce policy recommendations, and applying a gender lens to her analysis. She has a broad background in demography and sociology, has extensive experience in survey design and implementation, and is proficient at quantitative data analysis of cross-sectional and longitudinal data.

Blunt 301B
HB 6104
Department(s): 
Sociology
Education: 
B.A. University of Vermont 1989
M.P.H. Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine 1993
Masters Certificate in Project Management, Georgetown University 2001
Ph.D. University of Maryland 2006

Selected Publications

Sassler, S., K. Michelmore, and K. Smith. 2017. “A Tale of Two Majors: Explaining the Gender Gap in STEM Employment Among Computer Science and Engineering Degree Holders.” Social Sciences, 6(3): 69. doi:10.3390/socsci6030069  

Smith, K. E. (2017). Changing gender roles and rural poverty. In A. Tickamyer, J. Sherman, & J. Warlick (Eds.), Rural Poverty in the U.S.A.. New York: Columbia University Press.

Smith, K. 2015. “Family Income Composition.” In Robert Scott and Stephen Kosslyn (eds.) Emerging Trends in the Social and Behavioral Sciences, Wiley Publishing.

Smith, K. E., & Mattingly, M. J. (2014). Husbands' job loss and wives' labor force participation during economic downturns: are all recessions the same?. MONTHLY LABOR REVIEW. Retrieved from http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/

Hollister, M. N., & Smith, K. E. (2014). Unmasking the Conflicting Trends in Job Tenure by Gender in the United States, 1983–2008. American Sociological Review, 79(1), 159-181. doi:10.1177/0003122413514584

Smith, K. and R. Glauber. 2013. “Exploring the Spatial Wage Penalty for Women: Does it Matter Where You Live?” Social Science Research, 42(5): 1390-401. First published online 8 April 2013.

 

Baughman, R. and K. Smith. 2012. “Labor Mobility of the Direct Care Workforce: Implications for the Provision of Long-Term Care.”  Health Economics, 21(12): 1402-1415.  First published online 25 Oct 2011, doi: 10.1002/hec.1798.

Howes, C., C. Leana, and K. Smith. 2012. “Chapter 4, Paid Care” in For Love and Money: Care Provision in the US. Edited by Nancy Folbre. New York: Russell Sage Foundation.

Smith, K. and M. Mattingly. 2012. “Rural Families in Transition.” in International Handbook of Rural Demography, edited by Laszlo Kulcsar and Katherine Curtis, 239-253. New York, Springer.

Smith, K and A. Tickamyer. 2011. “Introduction” in Economic Restructuring and Family Well-Being in Rural America, edited by Kristin E. Smith and Ann R. Tickamyer, 1-21. University Park, Penn State University Press.

Smith, K. 2011.  “Changing Roles: Women and Work in Rural America” in Economic Restructuring and Family Well-Being in Rural America, edited by Kristin E. Smith and Ann R. Tickamyer, 60-81. University Park, Penn State University Press.

Tickamyer, A. and K. Smith. 2011. “Conclusion” in Economic Restructuring and Family Well-Being in Rural America, edited by Kristin E. Smith and Ann R. Tickamyer, 336-345. University Park, Penn State University Press.

+ View 4 more

Selected works and activities

Smith, K. and A. Tickamyer, eds. 2011.  Economic Restructuring and Family Well-Being in Rural America.  University Park, Penn State University Press.

Despite Gains, Closing Wage Gap Could Take Decades (NPR)

Workers Vote With Feet, Leave Home-Based Childcare (NPR)

Wives as Breadwinners: Wives' Share of Family Earnings Hits Historic High During the Second Year of the Great Recession Media coverage of the study: The Economist / New York Times Economix Blog / Time Magazine On-Line / Business Week / NPR