Jennifer Hook

Professor of Sociology
Jennifer Hook
Pronouns She / Her / Hers Email hook@usc.edu Office HSH 314 Office Phone (213) 740-3533

Research & Practice Areas

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

Center, Institute & Lab Affiliations

  • USC Center for the Changing Family,

Biography

Jennifer L. Hook (Ph.D. University of Washington, 2006) is Professor of Sociology at the University of Southern California. Her research areas include gender stratification, family demography, work-family policy, and comparative sociology. Her research examines how social contexts affect gendered divisions of work and care in the US and Europe, including women’s employment, fathers’ time with children, and the division of household labor.  Her recent publications appear in the American Sociological Review, the American Journal of Sociology, Social Forces, Journal of Marriage and Family, and the European Sociological Review, amongst others. In 2023-2025 she is serving as Vice President of the Work and Family Researchers Network, an international and interdisciplinary organization of work and family researchers.

Hook’s research has won mutiple awards. Her work has twice (2021 and 2006) been a finalist Rosabeth Moss Kanter Award for Excellence in Work-Family Research (one of five finalists chosen from over 2500 research articles published in the interdisciplinary field of work and family research internationally). Another paper was awarded the 2022 IPUMS Time Use Research Award and another the 2015 Aldi J.M. Hagenaars Memorial Award. Her book (co-authored with Becky Pettit of the University of Texas – Austin) Gendered Tradeoffs: Family, Social Policy, and Economic Inequality in Twenty-One Countries (Russell Sage Foundation 2009) was selected as a Noteworthy Book in Industrial Relations and Labor Economics in 2010.  And her 2006 paper was awarded two ASA Section Outstanding Graduate Student Paper Awards (Sociology of the Family and Sociology of Sex and Gender). She was elected to the Sociological Research Association  in 2023.

Hook’s work has been funded by grants from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the Sloan Foundation, and the Center for Poverty Research at UC-Davis.  She is the recepient of fellowships from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, the Fulbright Foundation, and the National Science Foundation. In AY 2018-19 she was a fellow at the WZB Berlin Social Sciences Center.

She has served on editorial board of the American Journal of Sociology, Journal of Marriage and Family, Social ForcesSocial Problems, and Sociological Perspectives. From 2015-2018 and 2020-2022 she served as Director of Graduate Studies of the Sociology Department, and in 2022-2023 she served as Vice Chair.

Hook is an award-winning teacher and mentor. She has been awarded the Dornsife General Education Teaching Award (2014) and the USC Mentoring Award for Faculty Mentoring Graduate Students (2020). She regularly teaches Soci 169 Changing Family Forms, Soci 464 Gender & Work, Soci 651 Social Stratification, and Soci 680 Writing for Publication in Sociology.  

Education

  • Ph.D. Sociology, University of Washington, 2006
  • Tenure Track Appointments

    • Professor of Sociology, University of Southern California, 2021 –
    • Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Southern California, 2015 – 2021
    • Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Southern California, 2012 – 2015
    • Elected to the Sociological Research Association, 2022-2023
    • IPUMS Time Use Research Award , 2022-2023
    • Finalist for the annual Rosabeth Moss Kanter Award for Excellence in Work-Family Research, 2021-2022
    • USC Mellon Mentoring Award for Faculty Mentoring Graduate Students, 2019-2020
    • Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship Recipient, Humboldt Fellowship for Experienced Researchers, 2018-2019
    • Aldi J.M. Hagenaars Memorial Award (best 2015 LIS Working Paper written by a scholar under the age of forty) for “Incorporating Class into Work-Family Arrangements: Insights from and for Three Worlds” LIS Working paper #639, subsequently published in the Journal of European Social Policy, 2015-2016
    • 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, University of Oslo, Norway, 2004-2005