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Aliya Rao
Postdoctoral Fellow 2016-18
Graduate Voice & Influence Program Fellow 2016-2017
Faculty Mentor, Graduate Voice & Influence Program 2017-18

Aliya, currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Clayman Institute for Gender Research, finished her PhD in Sociology (with Distinction) at the University of Pennsylvania in 2016. Her book, tentatively titled "Crunch Time: How Couples Confront Unemployment," is under contract with the University of California Press. This study draws on family observations, as well as over a 100 in-depth longitudinal interviews with unemployed individuals and their spouses. The book illuminates how unemployment shapes family life differently for unemployed men compared to unemployed women spatially, temporally, and emotionally. These differences in unemployment experiences have implications for crystallizing inegalitarian gendered practices within the family, and for encouraging gender-differentiated orientations toward seeking re-employment. Aliya also has several standalone articles from this research, including one recently published in the Journal of Marriage and Family. She has previously published on how contract workers experience the uncertainty of their work (forthcoming in Research in the Sociology of Work), and on race and the gendered dimensions of religious conversion to Islam (in Sociology of Religion). Aliya’s broad research interests are in gender, work and organizations, social psychology, family, and qualitative methods.