Heather Fitz Gibbon

Heather Fitz Gibbon

Professor of Sociology and Anthropology (on leave 2016-17)

Department/Affiliation: Sociology and Anthropology
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Degrees

  • A.B., Kenyon College 1981
  • M.A., Northwestern University 1983
  • Ph.D. Northwestern University 1988

Courses Taught

  • SOCI 204: Self and Society
  • SOCI 206: Urban Sociology
  • SOCI 207: Sociology of Gender
  • SOCI 350: Classical Social Theory

Publications

"Learning to Mother: The Definition of Motherhood by Participants in a Welfare Reform Parenting Class." The International Journal of Sociology of the Family. Vol. 36, no. 1, Spring, 2010.

"Child Care Across Sectors: A Comparison of the Work of Child Care in Three Settings" in Child Care and Inequality: Re-Thinking Carework for Children and Youth, edited by Francesca Cancian, Demie Kurz, Andrew london, Rebecca Reviere, and Mary Tuominen. Routledge Press. 2002.

Awards and Professional Memberships

  • University Fellowship from Northwestern University
  • Named "Friend of Young Children" by the Wayne County Association for the Education of Young Children
  • Named to Who's Who in American Teachers
  • Sociologists for Women in Society
  • Midwest Sociological Society
  • American Sociological Association

Research Interests

  • Gender Roles and the Family
  • Urban Sociology
  • Childcare
  • Children and Family
  • Women and Work

Notes

Professor Fitz Gibbon published research focuses on definitions of motherhood within the welfare system and on child care systems. She has also been an active community based researcher, evaluating anti-poverty and family literacy community programs. This year she and Anne Nurse produced the 9th Edition of the textbook Social Inequality: Forms, Causes, and Consequences (Routledge Press, 2016). She teaches Sociology of Gender, Introduction to Sociology, Urban Process and Change, Urban Studies, and Self and Society.