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Professor of Sociology

Kathrin Zippel has published on gender politics in the workplace, public and social policy, social movements, welfare states, and globalization in the United States and Europe. Her book The Politics of Sexual Harassment in the United States, the European Union and Germany (Cambridge University Press) won several awards.

Her research has also explored gender and global transformations of science and education, focusing on organizational change processes particularly in universities and STEM organizations. In her book, Women in Global Science: Advancing Careers Through International Collaboration (Stanford University Press), she argues that global science is the new frontier for women, providing both opportunities and challenges as gender shapes the dynamics and practices of international research. She currently directs a research project on the creation and diffusion of innovative gender equity ideas in the network of colleges, university and STEM organizations funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Zippel is a co-chair of the Social Exclusion and Inclusion Seminar at the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies Harvard University and was a residential fellow at the Women and Public Policy Program at the Harvard Kennedy School. She served as co-PI of Northeastern’s National Science Foundation ADVANCE Institutional Transformation grant. She held a Humboldt Research fellowship at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne and the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich; was a guest at Radboud University, Nijmegen, the WZB Social Science Research Center in Berlin, and the European University Institute in Florence. Zippel received a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and was a post-doc at the European Union Center of New York at Columbia University.

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  • Humboldt Alumni Award for Innovative Networking Initiatives, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, 2019-2021
  • 2015-16. Residential Fellowship, Women and Public Policy Program, Harvard Kennedy School, Cambridge.
  • 2012-13. Humboldt Research Fellowship of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.
    Host institutions: Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne and the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich (monthly stipend and travel costs).
  • 2011. Marshall-Monnet Scholar in Residence, European Center for Excellence, University of Wisconsin-Madison, April.
  • 2008. Honorable Mention of the American Sociological Association, Sex and Gender Distinguished Book Award.
  • 2007. American Political Science Association Victoria Schuck Award for best book on women and politics.
  • 2005. “Thinking Out of the Box, for the European Union: Social & Political Dimensions.” Second Annual Award for Effective or Innovative Use of Technology. Center for Innovative Course Design and the Educational Technology Center, Northeastern University.
  •  2019. “Organizational Interventions and the Creation of Gendered Knowledge: U.S. Universities and NSF ADVANCE.” Gender, Work & Organization. 26 (6):805-821. With Myra Marx Ferree. https://doi.org/10.1111/gwao.12290
  • 2019. “Gendered Images of International Research Collaboration.” Gender, Work & Organization. 26 (12):1794-1805 https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/gwao.12233
  • 2017. “Gendered Patterns in International Research Collaborations in Academia.” Studies in Higher Education. 42 (4): 760-782. With Katrina M. Uhly and Laura Visser. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/03075079.2015.1072151
  • 2016. “Gender Equality in German Universities: Vernacularizing the Battle for the Best Brains.” Gender and Education. 28 (7): 867-885. With Myra Marx Ferree and Karin Zimmermann. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/09540253.2015.1123229
  • 2015. “Gender Equality in the Age of Academic Capitalism: Cassandra and Pollyanna Interpret University Restructuring.” Social Politics: International Studies in Gender, State, and Society 22 (4): 561-584. With Myra Marx Ferree. https://academic.oup.com/sp/article-abstract/22/4/561/2363182
  • 2015. “Gender, Science and Occupational Sex Segregation.” Pp. 51-80 in Advancing Women in Science: An International Perspective, edited by Willie Pearson, Jr., Lisa M. Frehill and Connie McNeely. New York: Springer. With Lisa M. Frehill and Alice Abreu.
  • 2014. “Strategies of Academic Parents to Manage Work-Life Conflict in Research Abroad.” In Advances in Gender Research, vol. 19, edited by Marcia Segal, Catherine Berheide, and Vasilikie Demos. Bingley, UK: Emerald Group Publishing. With Amy Lubitow.
  • 2011 . “How Gender Neutral are State Policies on Science and International Mobility of Academics?” Sociologica 5 (1):1-17.
  • 2009. “The Missing Link for Promoting Gender Equality: Family-Work & Anti-Discrimination Policies.” Pp. 209-29 in Gender Equality: Transforming Family Divisions of Labor, edited by Janet Gornick and Marcia Meyers with a preface by Erik Wright. Brooklyn: Verso.
  • 2004. “Transnational Advocacy Networks and Policy Cycles in the European Union: The Case of Sexual Harassment.” Social Politics: International Studies in Gender, State, and Society 11 (1):57-85.
  • 2003. “Paid to Care: The Origins and Effects of Care Leave Policies in Western Europe.” Social Politics: International Studies in Gender, State, and Society 10 (1):49-85. With Kimberly J. Morgan.
  • Education

    PhD, Sociology
    Certificate in Women’s Studies
    University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2000

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