Quinnipiac University
Catherine Richards Solomon

Professor of Sociology

Program Director for Gerontology

Dr. Solomon is a Professor of Sociology. An expert in family sociology, Dr. Solomon teaches in the areas of families, gender, and aging as well as introductory sociology. She is passionate about cultivating the sociological imagination in students and being a part of their intellectual growth. At Quinnipiac, she directs the Gerontology program and is a founding member of the Age-Friendly University steering committtee.

Dr. Solomon studies how individuals construct work and personal lives that make sense to them. The majority of her scholarship focuses on professors’ work/life management. She also has explored how stay-at-home fathers construct their fatherhood identities and sense of masculinity, about which she wrote a book, "The Lives of Stay-at-Home Fathers: Masculinity, Carework and Fatherhood in the United States." She also has co-edited a book about work/family policies. See her CV for more details about her scholarship.

She earned her Ph.D. in Sociology from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University, her Master’s in Human Development and Family Studies from Oregon State University, and her Bachelor’s Degrees in Sociology (with Honors) and English from University of Oregon. She currently serves as the Book Review Editor for the premier journal Gender & Society.


  • BA, University of Oregon
  • MS, Oregon State University
  • MA, Syracuse University
  • PHD, Syracuse University

Areas of Expertise

  • Family, Aging, Work, and Gender


  • Sociology

Office Location

  • College of Arts & Sciences 1 316

Mail Drop

  • CL-AC1


Quinnipiac University

Professor of Sociology

2014 - Present

Quinnipiac University

Associate Professor of Sociology

2010 - 2014

Quinnipiac University

Assistant Professor of Sociology

2004 - 2010

Professional Designation