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My Research in the News & Community

WYXR Radio: Let's Grab Coffee, January 2, 2021, discussing changing gender attitudes
PEO Community Presentation (January 2021), The College-to-Career Transition in the COVID-19 Era: Challenges and Opportunities 

“If young people can’t even envision a model of what men’s time at home might look like, that’s evidence that our beliefs about gender are really strong and sticky,” said Joanna Pepin, a sociologist at the University of Texas at Austin and an author of the recently published study, with Brittany Dernberger, a sociology doctoral candidate at the University of Maryland. “That’s yet another thing that’s getting in the way of social change.”

The Atlantic, January 14, 2020, When a Promotion Leads to Divorce

“But that’s not really the case,” says Brittany Dernberger, a sociologist at the University of Maryland, who co-authored a recent paper on 12th graders’ attitudes toward relationships and work since the 1970s. Today, young men and women say that the most desirable relationship is a traditional marriage, where the husband works full-time and the wife’s career comes second or not at all.

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