About Me

I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania and a research associate at the Population Studies Center.

My research examines how gender, work, families, and public policies structure economic inequalities, with a particular focus on how inequalities change over time and over the life course. In my empirical work I typically use quantitative techniques and longitudinal datasets from multiple countries, but I have also used documents and interview data.

Much of my research is guided by the overall goal to develop a comprehensive understanding about the political economy of care and reproductive paid and unpaid work and its contribution to economic inequalities. I also have interests in understanding how and when change in gender culture occurs and how it shapes family dynamics.

In recent projects I show that changes in the division of paid and unpaid work plays a key role in shaping economic inequalities within and between families (Gonalons-Pons et al. 2020Musick et al. 2020); that gender culture is key to understanding the relationship between unemployment and divorce (Gonalons-Pons & Gangl 2020); that a basic income policy has potential to transform the economic foundations of romantic relationships (Gonalons-Pons & Calnitsky 2020) as well as patterns of crime including domestic violence (Calnitsky & Gonalons-Pons, 2020); and that employment labor protection policies successfully mitigate earnings losses associated with unemployment both in periods of recession and economic growth (Gonalons-Pons & Gangl 2020).

My research has appeared in American Sociological ReviewDemographySocial Science ResearchSocial ProblemsDemographic Research, and the RSF: Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences.


E-mail: pgonalon@sas.upenn.edu