Gayle Kaufman


Ph.D. Brown University, Sociology
M.A. Cornell University, Development Sociology
B.A. Cornell University, Rural Sociology


My research examines aspects of modern marriage, parenting and family, with a particular focus on fathers. I've published more than 30 peer-reviewed articles in sociology, family studies, and gender studies journals. My book Superdads: How Fathers Balance Work and Family in the 21st Century focuses on fathers who adjust their work lives to suit their families. My research has been featured in articles in the Wall Street Journal, The Globe and Mail, Washingtonian, Esquire, and other online outlets.

My more recent research focuses on gender and families in Japan, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. In 2012 I was a Fulbright Scholar at Leicester University in the U.K., where I taught a course on gender, work and family, and conducted research on the U.K.'s Additional Paternity Leave policy. I have also been a visiting scholar at the University of Cambridge in the U.K. and Umeå University in Sweden.


I teach courses in gender, family, sports, and methods. My courses include:

SOC 217: Gender and Society

SOC 237: Boys and Men in Society

SOC 246: American Families

SOC 260: Social Statistics

SOC 310: Gender, Race, and Sports

SOC 382: Men and Masculinities

SOC 391: Survey Research Methods

SOC 488: Fatherhood

Recent thesis advising:

Gender, age, and rape myth usage in online articles and comments, Katie Layendecker ‘15
"I handle mine": The influence of respect and responsibility on black men's masculinity, Gladys McLean ‘15
Student athletes' injuries and the effect on academic success at Davidson College, Michael Corbett ‘14
"My new family": Collective art, relationships, and the formation of non-heteronormative solidarity, Briana Kordsmeier ‘14
Investigating The Davidson Trust, Jip Richards ‘14
Racialized commentary in the 2014 NCAA and NIT basketball tournaments, Will Thoni ‘14