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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, published by the University of California Press (2020), 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. 


I have two ongoing projects: 1) Gender and negotiations in the professional workplace; 2) Unemployment and job-searching in the UK. I have recently completed a small project on how expats in Singapore who work in global teams experience time. Additionally, along with colleagues at Stanford university, I am working on a project examining how passion shapes rewards in the workplace.

Aliya Hamid Rao