Rosabeth Moss Kanter Awards for Excellence in Work-Family Research

Activity Description:

To expose students to studies recognized as the “best of the best” research on work and family.


Opportunities for Integration in Course Assignments:

The Rosabeth Moss Kanter Award for Excellence in Work-Family Research is a partnership of the Center for Families at Purdue University, the Center for Work and Family at Boston College, and the Alliance of Work-Life Progress.  This award raises awareness of high quality work-family research among the scholar, consultant, and practitioner communities. The award is named for Rosabeth Moss Kanter, who leading scholars have identified as the person with the most influence on modern work and family research literature. The Kanter award is given to the authors who publish the best work-family research article during a calendar year.


As of 2009, ten Kanter awards had been given, representing a range of research questions and methods (see below).  The Sloan Work and Family Teaching Task Force developed a teaching module designed to expose graduate level students to engage in critical analysis of research methods of these articles.  In addition, teachers may consider having students engage in class presentations of these articles or integrating them into reading assignments. Articles can be retrieved via the Work and Family Researchers Network Literature Database and further information on the Kanter awards can be found here.


Kanter Award Winners:


2008: Shelley J. Correll, Stephen Benard, and In Paik

Correll, S.J., Benard, S., & Piak, I. (2007). Getting a job: Is there a motherhood penalty? American Journal of Sociology, 112, 1297-1338.


2007: Jeremy Reynolds and Lydia Aletraris

Reynolds, J., & Aletraris, L. (2006). Pursuing preferences: The creation and resolution of work hour mismatches. American Sociological Review, 71, 618-638.


2006: Hadas Mandel and Moshe Semyonov

Mandel, H., & Semyonov, M. (2005). Family Policies, Wage Structures, and Gender Gaps: Sources of Earning Inequality in 20 Countries. American Sociological Review, Volume 70, pp. 949-967.


2005: Naomi Gerstel and Natalia Sarkisian

Sarkisian, N., & Gerstel, N. (2004). Explaining the Gender Gap in Help to Parents: The Importance of Employment. Journal of Marriage and Family, Volume 66, pp. 431-451.


2004: Marybeth Mattingly and Susan M. Bianchi

Mattingly, M. J., & Bianchi, S. M. (2003). Gender Differences in the Quantity and Quality of Free Time: The U.S. Experience. Social Forces, Volume 81, pp. 999-1030.


2003: Michelle J. Budig

Budig, M. J. (2002). Male advantage and the gender composition of jobs: Who rides the glass escalator? Social Problems, 49(2). 40


2002: Jerry A. Jacobs and Kathleen Gerson

Jacobs, J.A., and Gerson, K. (2001). Overworked Individuals or Overworked Families? Explaining Trends in Work, Leisure, and Family Time. Work and Occupations, Volume 28, pp. 40-63.


2001: Suzanne M. Bianchi

Bianchi, S. M. (2000). Maternal employment and time with children: Dramatic change or surprising continuity? Demography, 37(4), 401-414.


2001: Harriet B. Presser

Presser, H. B. (2000). Nonstandard work schedules and marital instability. Journal of Marriage and the Family, 62, 93-110.


2000: Erin Kelly and Frank Dobbin  

Kelly, E., & Dobbin, F. (1999). Civil Rights Law at work: Sex discrimination and the rise of maternity leave policies. American Journal of Sociology, 105(2), 455-492.


Activity Source:

Content developed by the Sloan Work and Family Teaching Task Force