Allison Pugh, PhD.
Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Virginia
Allison Pugh is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Virginia, which she joined after earning her Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Pugh’s books include Longing and Belonging: Parents, Children and Consumer Culture (University of California Press, 2009), which won multiple awards, and The Tumbleweed Society: Working and Caring in an Age of Insecurity (Oxford University Press, forthcoming). She is interested in parenting, work, inequality, children, intimacy and culture. She has written about how children use consumer goods such as electronic games and sneakers, how low-income parents practice a form of “windfall childrearing,” and how toy catalogs promise intensive mothering without mothers. Her recent work focuses on how job insecurity shapes the way mothers and fathers talk about commitment at work and in their intimate lives.