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TOPIC: Division of household laborClear

Shannon Davis

Assistant Professor of Sociology

Expertise: Families, Adolescents, Division of household labor, Gender inequality

Davis' research focuses on the creation of families and the negotiation of family life.  Specifically, she is interested in how adolescents create and maintain relationships, how family members negotiate the intersection of paid and unpaid work in their daily lives, and how gender inequality is reproduced in families.

She also looks at the construction and maintenance of beliefs about gender, or gender ideologies.

Recent research has focused on testing the predictive power of theories on divorce, the division of household labor, and perceptions of fairness of the division of household labor using cross-national samples. 

Davis received her BA in Sociology in 1997 from the University of North Carolina at Asheville and her PhD in Sociology in 2004 from the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at North Carolina State University.

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