rofessor Cathy Solomon, chair of the Department of Sociology, Criminal Justice and Anthropology, thrives when she is collaborating with her students and alumni.
Recently, Solomon and Sacha Kaufer ’12 spent hours interviewing stay-at-home dads about a decision that once seemed unconventional, even radical.
“Fathers kind of get a short shrift but their involvement with their children is very important,” Solomon said. “More and more scholarship has shown the influence of fathers on child well-being and child development.”
After years of researching the work/life management of mothers and fathers, including one study about male professors who leveraged the flexibility of their work schedules to spend more time with their children, Solomon and Kaufer wondered about fathers who pivoted from the job market — and began to look at men who left the labor force to become stay-at-home dads and compared their experiences with other fatherhood experiences.