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Jennifer Hook

Associate Professor of Sociology, Spatial Sciences and Gender Studies

Contact Information
Phone: (213) 740-3533
Office: KAP 352

Curriculum Vitae
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Biographical Sketch

Jennifer Hook (Ph.D. University of Washington, 2006) is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Southern California.  Her research areas include gender, family demography, inequality, work-family, social policy, child welfare, and comparative sociology. Hook focuses on how social contexts, particularly social policies and opportunities in the labor market, impact individuals and families. Her recent work examines the influence of country context on fathers' time with children, the division of household labor, and women's employment, as well as the impacts of state policy and practice on foster children's outcomes and the economic vulnerability of parents involved with the child welfare system. Her research has appeared in journals including the American Sociological Review, the American Journal of Sociology, and the European Sociological Review. She is coauthor of Gendered Tradeoffs: Family, Social Policy, and Economic Inequality in Twenty-One Countries (Russell Sage 2009).



Ph.D. Sociology, University of Washington, 2006

Description of Research

Research Specialties

Family Demography, Gender, Inequality, Work-Family, Social Policy, Child Welfare, Comparative Sociology

Funded Research

Contracts and Grants Awarded

Trajectories of Economic Disconnection among Families in the Child Welfare System (Center for Poverty Research at UC-Davis), Hook, $19,693, 11/01/2012-10/31/2013  
Fatherhood in institutional context (NIH), Hook, $100,000, 2008-2011  
Work-Family Career Development Award (Sloan Foundation), Hook, $45,000, 2008-2009   



Pettit, B., Hook, J. L. (2009). Gendered tradeoffs: Family, social policy, and economic inequality in twenty-one countries. New York: Russell Sage.

Journal Article

Hook, J. L., Pettit, B. (2015). Reproducing Occupational Inequality: Motherhood and Occupational Segregation. Social Politics.
Hook, J. L. (2015). Incorporating Class into Work-Family Arrangements: Insights from and for Three Worlds. Journal of European Social Policy. Vol. 25 (1), pp. 14-31.
Hook, J. L., Courtney, M. E. (2013). Former foster youth as fathers: Risk and protective factors predicting father-child contact. Family Relations. Vol. 62 (October), pp. 571-583.
Hook, J. L., Wolfe, C. (2013). Parental involvement and work schedules: Time with children in the United States, Germany, Norway, and the United Kingdom. European Sociological Review. Vol. 29, pp. 411-425.
Courtney, M. E., Hook, J. L. (2012). Timing of Exits to Legal Permanency from Out-of- Home Care: The Importance of Systems and Implications for Assessing Institutional Accountability. Children and Youth Services Review. Vol. 34 (12), pp. 2263-2272.
Hook, J. L. (2012). Working at the Weekend: Fathers' Time with Children in the United Kingdom. Journal of Marriage and Family. Vol. 74 (4), pp. 631-642.
Marcenko, M. O., Hook, J. L., Romich, J. L., Lee, J. (2012). Multiple jeopardy: Poor, economically disconnected and child welfare involved. Child Maltreatment. Vol. 17 (3), pp. 195-206.
Courtney, M. E., Hook, J. L. (2012). Evaluation of the Impact of Enhanced Parental Legal Representation on the Timing of Permanency Outcomes for Children in Foster Care. Children and Youth Services Review. Vol. 34 (7), pp. 1337-1343.
Lee, J. S., Courtney, M. E., Hook, J. L. (2012). Formal Bonds during the Transition to Adulthood: Extended Foster Care Support and Criminal/Legal Involvement. Journal of Public Child Welfare. Vol. 6 (3), pp. 255-279.
Hook, J. L., Wolfe, C. (2012). New Fathers? Residential fathers' time with children in four countries. Journal of Family Issues. Vol. 33 (4), pp. 415-450.
Hook, J. L., Courtney, M. E. (2011). Employment outcomes of former foster youth as young adults: The importance of human, personal, and social capital. Children and Youth Services Review. Vol. 33 (10), pp. 1855-1865.
Hook, J. L. (2010). Gender inequality in the welfare state: Sex segregation in housework, 1965-2003. American Journal of Sociology. Vol. 115 (5)
Hook, J. L., Chalasani, S. (2008). Gendered Expectations? Reconsidering Single Fathers' Child-Care Time. Journal of Marriage and the Family. Vol. 70 (4), pp. 978-990.
Hook, J. L. (2006). Care in context: Men's unpaid work in 20 countries, 1965-2003. American Sociological Review. Vol. 71 (August), pp. 639-660.
Pettit, B., Hook, J. L. (2005). The structure of women's employment in comparative perspective. Social Forces. Vol. 84 (2), pp. 779-801.
Hook, J. L. (2004). Reconsidering the division of household labor: Incorporating volunteerism and social support. Journal of Marriage and Family. Vol. 66, pp. 101-117.

Honors and Awards

USC or School/Dept Award for Teaching, General Education Teaching Award, USC Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, 2014-2015   
Princeton University's Industrial Relations Section's Noteworthy Book in Industrial Relations and Labor Economics for 2009, 2009-2010   
Finalist for the annual Rosabeth Moss Kanter Award for Excellence in Work-Family Research , 2006-2007   
ASA Section on the Sociology of Sex and Gender Sally Hacker Graduate Student Paper Award , 2005-2006   
ASA Section on the Sociology of the Family Outstanding Graduate Student Paper Award , 2005-2006   
Fulbright Award, 2004-2005   

Service to the Profession


Member, Population Association of America 2015 Program Committee, 2014-2015   
Member, Nominations Committee, Sociology of the Family Section, American Sociological Association, 2012-2013   
Member, Outstanding Article Award Committee, Inequality, Poverty, and Mobility Section, American Sociological Association, 2012-2013   

Conferences Organized

Session Organizer, Population Association of America, New Orleans, Session: Family Policy and Family Formation in International Perspective, 2012-2013   

Editorships and Editorial Boards

Consulting Editor, American Journal of Sociology, 2015-  
Editorial Board, Social Forces, 2014-  
Editorial Board, Journal of Marriage and Family, 2013-  
Advisory Editor, Social Problems, 2011-2014  

Other Service to the Profession

Advisory Board, Time Use Data Access System (NIH-funded), 2012-2013   
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