Academic couples and others in specialized professions will go to great lengths to accommodate two career trajectories, including living at a great distance from each other. This arrangement brings up important questions about how the structure of work impacts family life, gender constructs, work satisfaction, and productivity.
Drawing on her research and interviews with nearly 100 commuter spouses, Dr. Danielle Lindemann, author of Commuter Spouses (Cornell University Press, 2019), will give us a deep view into this growing aspect of the dual career conversation. She will also provide insights on how higher education compares to other sectors, how these factors could influence workplace satisfaction, and, most importantly, how our institutions could better support dual career couples and retain these highly qualified people who are leaving the pipeline for careers in other sectors.
Danielle Lindemann joined the Lehigh University faculty in fall 2015 as an Assistant Professor of Sociology in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology and a core faculty member in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies. Her research focuses on gender, sexuality, and culture-- specifically as they relate to occupations. Dr. Lindemann received her BA from Princeton University in 2002 and her PhD from Columbia University in 2010. Prior to joining Lehigh University, she was a post-doctoral fellow at Vanderbilt University’s Curb Center for Art, Enterprise, and Public Policy and an Assistant Research Professor and Research Director at the Center for Women and Work, Rutgers University. She is the author of Commuter Spouses: New Families in a Changing World (Cornell University Press, 2019).
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