Allison Dunatchik

Allison Dunatchik

2018 Cohort

McNeil 374


I am a joint Ph.D. candidate in Sociology and Demography at the University of Pennsylvania, specializing in family, gender, social stratification, social demography and comparative social policy. My research examines how work, family and public policies shape gender inequalities in both economic outcomes and the allocation of time over the life course, with particular attention to how gender inequalities change over time and vary across social groups and contexts. My work has been published in peer-reviewed journals such as Gender & Society, Sociological Science and European Sociological Review.

Has the gender revolution stalled? To what extent is it unevenly realized? What policies – in the US and elsewhere – materially contribute to gender equality? How do individuals and couples navigate changing gender norms and shifting patterns in family demography across high-income countries? These are among the questions that animate my current research agenda. My dissertation uses advanced quantitative techniques and a wide range of large-scale, longitudinal datasets from multiple countries to examine how gender inequalities in labor market outcomes are produced and reproduced over the course of long-term different-sex romantic partnerships. In addition, my current work examines how earnings penalties associated with adult care responsibilities contribute to broader gender inequalities in the labor market, how gender inequalities in economic outcomes intersect with other key axes of inequality such as race and nativity, and the consequences of women’s growing economic power within different-sex couples for union dissolution.

Prior to joining the Sociology Department at Penn, I was a data and policy analyst at the National Centre for Social Research in London. I hold an MA in Sociology from the University of Pennsylvania, an MPA in Public and Social Policy from the London School of Economics and a BA in Political Science from American University.


M.A., Sociology, University of Pennsylvania, 2021

M.P.A., Public and Social Policy, London School of Economics, 2015

B.A.,  Political Science, American University, 2010

Research Interests

Gender; Families; Work; Social stratification; Social demography; Quantitative methods; Time use

Courses Taught

Graduate Course, University of Pennsylvania

  • Sociology 662, Panel Data Analysis, Teaching Assistant
  • Sociology 535, Quantitative Methods I, Teaching Assistant
  • Sociology 5351, Quantitative Methods II, Teaching Assistant

Undergraduate Course, University of Pennsylvania

  • Sociology 120, Social Statistics, Teaching Assistant
  • Sociology 001, Introduction to Sociology, Teaching Assistant
  • Sociology 002, Family Change and Inequalities, Penn First Plus Program, Teaching Assistant
Selected Publications

Dunatchik, Allison. 2023. “Parenthood and the Gender Division of Labor across the Income Distribution: The Relative Importance of Relative Earnings.” European Sociological Review. 39(2): 229-246.

Dunatchik, Allison and Hyunjoon Park. 2022. “Racial and Ethnic Difference in Homework Time among U.S. Teens.” Sociological Perspectives. 65(6): 1144–1168.

Dunatchik, Allison, Kathleen Gerson, Jennifer Glass, Jerry A. Jacobs and Haley Stritzel. 2021. “Gender, Parenting and the Rise of RemoteWork during the Pandemic: Implications for Domestic Inequality in the United States.” Gender & Society. 25(2): 194-205.

Dunatchik, Allison and Berkay Özcan. 2021. “Reducing Mommy Penalties with Daddy Quotas.” Journal of European Social Policy. 31(2): 175-191.

Dunatchik, Allison and Svetlana Speight. 2020. “Re-examining How Partner Co-presence and Multitasking Affect Parents’ Enjoyment of Childcare and Housework.” Sociological Science. 7: 268-290.

  • Nominated for the 2021 Rosabeth Moss Kanter Award for Excellence in Work-Family Research

Dunatchik, Allison, Rossella Icardi and Margaret Blake. 2019. “Predicting Unmet Need for Social Care.” Journal of Long-Term Care. 2019: 194–205.

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