PWR 2016 Featured Speaker - Karen Z. Kramer

Karen Z. Kramer is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at the University of Illinois. She has an MA in sociology from the University of Haifa in Israel and a Ph.D. in Family Social Studies from the University of Minnesota. Karen’s research explores the intersection of different work and care arrangements in families, with an emphasis on low-income families and non-traditional work and care arrangements such as stay-at-home fathers and primary-earner mothers. In her studies Karen explores how non-traditional work and care arrangements relate to wellbeing and financial stress of families. Current projects she is involved in include studying the effect of EITC periodic payment on financial stress and wellbeing of low-income families, the effect of non-traditional division of household labor on individual wellbeing, and the effect of paternal leave on family and career outcomes of fathers. Her research has appeared in Journal of Marriage and Family, Journal of Family Issues, Housing Policy Debate, Gender Issues, and more.