Despite radical changes in family formations, domestic labor still remains raced, gendered, and otherwise devalued.
This panel brings together experts from various fields to examine not only who cares about the family, but who does not, who should, and why.
The recipient of the 2008 President's Award for Excellence in Teaching, Alyson M. Cole has been at Queens College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York, since 2002. Her research and teaching interests bridge political theory and American politics/culture. Cole's work links central questions of political thought especially formulations of justice, the nature of subjugation, and the possibility of resistance or change with an examination of concrete political ideologies, rhetoric, and law/policy-making, emphasizing aspects of subject-formation, gender and race/ethnicity.
Cole is the author of The Cult of True Victimhood: From the War on Welfare to the War on Terror (Stanford University Press, 2007). Her articles have appeared in American Studies, Feminist Studies, the Michigan Law Review, and the National Women's Studies Association Journal. She is on the editorial boards of Women's Studies Quarterly and International Journal of Criminology and Sociological Theory.
Patricia Hill Collins
Professor Collins is a social theorist whose research and scholarship have examined issues of race, gender, social class, sexuality and/or nation. Her first book, Black Feminist Thought: Knowledge, Consciousness, and the Politics of Empowerment, published in 1990, with a revised tenth year anniversary edition published in 2000, won the Jessie Bernard Award of the American Sociological Association (ASA) for significant scholarship in gender, and the C. Wright Mills Award of the Society for the Study of Social Problems.
Her second book, Race, Class, and Gender: An Anthology, 6th ed. (2007), edited with Margaret Andersen, is widely used in undergraduate classrooms in over 200 colleges and universities. Black Sexual Politics: African Americans, Gender, and the New Racism (Routledge, 2004) received ASA's 2007 Distinguished Publication Award.
Rhacel Salazar Parrenas
Professor Rhacel Salazar Parrenas is a sociologist who received her Ph.D. in Ethnic Studies and B.A. in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of California, Berkeley. She previously taught at the University of California, Davis and University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Professor Parrenas is known for her work on women's labor and migration, speaking on this topic to audiences throughout the United States, Asia, and Europe. Her research fields include gender and feminist studies, the family, migration, international development, and labor.
Distinguished Professor Joan C. Williams, 1066 Foundation Chair at UC Hastings College of the Law and prize-winning author, is the director of WorkLife Law and co-director of the Project for Attorney Retention (PAR). The author of Unbending Gender: Why Family and Work Conflict and What to Do About It, she was awarded the Gustavus Myers Outstanding Book Award.
She has been widely quoted in the press, in publications as diverse as The Wall Street Journal, Business Week, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Parenting Magazine, Working Mother and O.
Professor Patricia Hill Collins analyzes how Barack Obama is able to identify with voters from diverse backgrounds by emphasizing both his non-traditional family upbringing and his current nuclear family.
Collins points out that, since taking office, the media has emphasized the traditional structure of America's first black First Family.