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Associate Professor of Sociology

Allison Pugh

University of Virginia

Allison Pugh is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Virginia. Born and raised in New York City, she went to Harvard and then Berkeley for graduate school. She has been a reporter for the Associated Press in Boston, served as a diplomat in the U.S. Foreign Service in Honduras and Washington D.C., and was a founding trustee of a charter school in Oakland, California.

Her research and teaching focus on how economic trends shape our intimate lives, and how that varies by gender, class, race, age and other dimensions of inequality.  She also writes and teaches about qualitative methods, and how empathy and knowledge are related. The author of two books – one on job insecurity and commitment, one on children’s consumer culture – she has received multiple grants and awards, and her research has been covered by the Washington Post, NPR’s Marketplace and other national media outlets. She was a visiting professor for international gender studies at Ruhr University in Germany during summer 2013, and a 2010-2011 research fellow at the University of Sydney, Australia.

On this voyage, Pugh will teach courses on family, gender and childhood, universal experiences that nonetheless vary dramatically in their local contexts.