Pilar Gonalons-Pons, Ph.D.

Pilar Gonalons-Pons

Assistant Professor of Sociology


McNeil 217


Ph.D., Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2015
M.A., International Migration, University of Deutso, 2008
B.A., Sociology, University of Barcelona, 2006

Research Interests

My research examines how gender, work, families, and public policies structure economic inequalities, with a particular focus on how inequalities change over time and over the life course. Most of my empirical work employs quantitative techniques and longitudinal datasets from multiple countries, in other studies I have also used documents and interview data.

Much of my research is guided by the overall goal to develop a comprehensive understanding about the political economy of care and reproductive paid and unpaid work and its contribution to economic inequalities. I also have interests in understanding how and when change in gender culture occurs and how it shapes family dynamics.

In recent projects I show that changes in the division of paid and unpaid work plays a key role in shaping economic inequalities within and between families (Gonalons-Pons et al. 2020; Musick et al. 2020); that gender culture is key to understanding the relationship between unemployment and divorce (Gonalons-Pons & Gangl 2020); that a basic income policy has potential to transform the economic foundations of romantic relationships (Gonalons-Pons & Calnitsky 2020) as well as patterns of crime including domestic violence (Calnitsky & Gonalons-Pons, 2020); and that employment labor protection policies successfully mitigate earnings losses associated with unemployment both in periods of recession and economic growth (Gonalons-Pons & Gangl 2020).

My research has appeared in American Sociological Review, Demography, Social Science Research, Social Problems, Demographic Research, and the RSF: Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences.

Courses Taught

I have taught courses on Family Sociology and Introduction to Social Statistics. I also lead graduate-level reading groups on Feminist Sociology and on Race, Gender and Capitalism (the latter co-led with Daniel A. Cohen)


Selected Publications

Gonalons-Pons, P., K. Musick, C. R. Schwartz. forthcoming. “Changes in Couples’ Earnings Following Parenthood and Trends in Family Earnings Inequality.” Demography

Gonalons-Pons, P. and M. Gangl. 2020. “Regulated Earnings Security: The Relationship between Employment Protection and Unemployment Scarring during the Great Recession.” Conditional Accept at Socio-Economic Review

Behrman, J. and P. Gonalons-Pons. forthcoming. “Global Fertility and Women’s Employment” (equal authorship, authors in alphabetical order). Demographic Research

Musick, K., M., D. Bea, P. Gonalons-Pons. 2020. “His and Her Earnings Following Parenthood in the United States, Germany, and the United Kingdom.” American Sociological Review

Calnitsky, D. and P. Gonalons-Pons. 2020. “The Impact of an Experimental Guaranteed Income on Crime and Violence.” Social Problems

Gonalons-Pons, P. and C. R. Schwartz. 2017. “Trends in Economic Homogamy: Changes in Assortative Mating or the Division of Paid Labor in Marriage?Demography 54(3): 985-1005.

Schwartz, C. R. and P. Gonalons-Pons. 2016. “Trends in Relative Earnings and Marital Dissolution: Are Wives Who Outearn Their Husbands Still More Likely to Divorce?RSF: The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences 2(4): 218-236.

Torosyan, K., T. Gerber, P. Gonalons-Pons. 2016. “Migration, Household Tasks, and Gender Relations in Georgia.” International Migration Review 50(2): 445-474.

Gonalons-Pons, P. 2015. “Gender and Class Housework Inequalities in the Era of Outsourcing.” Social Science Research 52: 208-218.

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