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My research examines how couples and colleagues value and reward each other's paid and unpaid work, and how this produces gender inequalities in the institutions of family and work. A key line of my research focuses on how periods of not working are infused with ideas of morality around who should do paid work and who is exempt from it. Central to this is my book manuscript, Crunch Time: How Married Couples Confront Unemployment, under contract with the University of California Press, which examines involuntary unemployment. By using in-depth and innovative data I develop sociological understandings of how interactions in the intimate realm of the home encourage the reproduction of gender norms rather than dismantling them. 


My current project examines how elite workers in global industries such as tech and finance experience work-life conflict in different global regions. Along with colleagues at Stanford university, I am also working on a project examining how passion shapes rewards in the workplace.

Aliya Hamid Rao