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Jerry A. Jacobs

Jerry A. Jacobs (born February 7, 1955) is an American sociologist noted for his work on women and work.[1] He is professor of sociology at the University of Pennsylvania and an affiliate of the Population Studies Center, the Graduate School of Education, the Women’s Studies Program, and the Leonard Davis Institute for Health Economics at Penn. He has served as the Editor of the American Sociological Review and President of the Eastern Sociological Society.

Professor Jacobs’ studies have addressed a number of aspects of women's employment, including authority, earnings, working conditions, part-time work and work-family conflict, and entry into male-dominated occupations. Professor Jacobs has published five books, 75 research papers, and 15 book reviews. He has received 30 grants to support his research from Atlantic Philanthropies, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the Josiah Macy Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and the Lyle M. Spencer Foundation.

He is the recipient of the Max Weber award from the American Sociological Association and the Rosabeth Moss Kanter Award for excellence in Work-Family Research.

His research projects include a study of interdisciplinary scholarly communication in the area of work-family research, funded by the Aflred P. Sloan Foundation, and in the area of educational research, funded by the Lyle M. Spencer Foundation.


  • The Changing Face of Medicine, co-authored with Ann Boulis and published by Cornell University Press in 2008
  • Putting Poor People to Work, with several coauthors, Russell Sage Foundation, 2006.
  • The Time Divide: Work, Family and Gender Inequality, co-authored with Kathleen Gerson, Harvard University Press in 2004
  • Gender Inequality at Work. (editor). Beverly Hills, CA: Sage Publications, 1995.
  • Revolving Doors: Sex Segregation and Women’s Careers, Stanford University Press, 1989.


  1. ^ Women in Scientific Careers Unleashing the Potential: Unleashing the Potential. OECD Publishing. 2006. p. 95.  

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