The WFRN Welcomes 2022 Early Career Fellowship Recipients!

To date, 110 early career scholars have participated in the WFRN’s Early Career Fellowship Program.  This program is designed to assist attendance at the WFRN Conference, as well as deliver a variety of supports for advancement to secure senior level positions.  The call for applications for the 2022 fellowships yielded close to 100 applications.  With thanks to the selection committee Lindsey Trimble O’Connor, Alejandra Ros Pillarz and Kendra Knight, we are delighted to announce this year’s fellowship recipients.

  • Sarah Andrea, Ph.D., OHSU-PSU School of Public Health, USA
  • Amit Anshumali, Ph.D., The University of Chicago, USA
  • Kess Ballentine, Ph.D., Wayne State University, USA
  • Dylan Bellisle, Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, USA
  • Mulu Berhanu, Ph.D., Haramaya University, Ethiopia
  • Soulit Chacko, Ph.D., Indiana University Purdue University, USA
  • Ho Kwan Cheung, Ph.D., University at Albany, SUNY, USA
  • Brendan Churchill, Ph.D., The University of Melbourne, Australia
  • Nicole Dillard, Ed.D., Northern Kentucky University, USA
  • Kimberly French, Ph.D., Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
  • Mariam Gbajumo-Sheriff, Ph.D., University of Lagos, Nigeria
  • Renada Goldberg, Ph.D., Simmons University, USA
  • Konjit Gudeta, Ph.D., Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia
  • Shelia Hyde, Ph.D., Texas Woman’s University, USA
  • Jaeseung Kim, Ph.D., University of South Carolina,USA
  • Isabel Nuñez Salazar, Ph.D., University of Warwick, United Kingdom
  • Ariane Ophir, Ph.D., Centre for Demographic Studies (CED), Spain
  • Gabrielle Pepin, Ph.D., E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, USA
  • Joanna Pepin, Ph.D., University at Buffalo, USA
  • Matthew Perrigino, Ph.D., Iona College, USA
  • Casey Scheibling, Ph.D., University of Toronto, Canada
  • Melika Shirmohammadi, Ph.D., University of Houston, USA
  • Tjorven Siervers, Ph.D., Portland State University,USA
  • Sabrina Speights, Ph.D., Wheaton College – MA, USA
  • Anna (Anja) Stertz, Ph.D., RWTH Aachen University, Germany
  • Kai Sun, Ph.D., New York University Shanghai, China
  • Hilary Wething, Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University, USA
  • Sigrid Willa Luhr, Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago, USA
  • Jaclyn Wong, Ph.D., University of South Carolina, USA
  • Gundula Zoch, Ph.D., University of Oldenburg, Germany

Recipients represent a wide range of disciplines, including the fields of economics, human resources, management, human development, organizational science, epidemiology, public policy, psychology, social work, and sociology.  This year’s ECFs are also internationally diverse—they either live on, or study the experiences of people living on, all six habitable continents. Fellowship recipients share a common interest in identifying connections and consequences of work and family arrangements, as well as working together to advance mutual career interests and goals. Their research programs address a wide variety of topics that include, gender inequality and stereotypes, work-family conflict, spillover, crossover and boundary management, the transition to parenthood, employee health, stress, and well-being, state and organizational-level family-related policies (parental leave, sick leave, child subsidies), pregnancy and breastfeeding working mothers, fatherhood and masculinity, housework, poverty, dual career couples, among other topics.  As a group, this year’s ECFs share a passion for examining the experiences of groups traditionally left out of work-family research, including low-wage workers, precarious workers, women of color, immigrants, and workers in the Global South.

We welcome these scholars to the program and their participation in the Work and Family Researchers Network!

Lindsey Trimble O’Connor, Director of the Early Career Work and Family Fellowship Program

Melissa Milkie, President of the Work and Family Researchers Network

Stephen Sweet, Executive Officer of the Work and Family Researchers Network