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Erin Kelly

Protrait: Erin Kelly

Professor & Life Course Center Director
Ph.D. 2000 Princeton University
Room 1014 Social Sciences
Phone: 612-624-0228

Curriculum Vitae

Flexible Work and Well-Being Study

Interest Areas

Organizations and Work; Gender; Family and Life Course; Law and Social Policy.

Current Research

Prof. Kelly studies changes in U.S. workplaces and their effects on employees, families, and organizations. She is principal investigator, with Phyllis Moen, of the Flexible Work and Well-Being Center, part of the Work, Family, and Health Network funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control. Click here for more information.

Prof. Kelly has investigated flexibility initiatives, non-compliance with the Family and Medical Leave Act, sexual harassment policies, and employer-sponsored child care benefits, as well as the effects of some of these policies on the representation of women and African-Americans in managerial positions.

Selected Publications

Changing Workplaces to Reduce Work-Family Conflict: Schedule Control in a White-Collar Organization” with Phyllis Moen and Eric Tranby. 2011. American Sociological Review 76:265-90.

Does Enhancing Work-Time Control and Flexibility Reduce Turnover? 2010. A Naturally Occurring Experiment” with Phyllis Moen and Rachelle Hill. Social Problems 58:69−98.

Failure to Update: An Institutional Perspective on Noncompliance with the Family & Medical Leave Act.” 2010. Law and Society Review 44(1):33-66.

Gendered Challenge, Gendered Response: Confronting the Ideal Worker Norm in a White-Collar Organization,” with Erin L. Kelly, Samantha K. Ammons, and Phyllis Moen. 2010. Gender and Society 24(3):281-303.

"Best Practices or Best Guesses? Assessing the Efficacy of Corporate Affirmative Action and Diversity Policies," with Alexandra Kaley, and Frank Dobbin. 2006. American Sociological Review 71(4):589-617.