Expert: Sara Raley

McDaniel College Faculty Expert: Sara Raley

Sara Raley

Associate Professor of Sociology

Email: sraley@mcdaniel.edu
Phone: 410-857-2531

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Topics she can discuss include:

  • Demographic research
  • Gender
  • Sexuality
  • Work/life balance

About Sara Raley

Associate Professor of Sociology Sara Raley's research and teaching interests include Family, Gender, Sexuality, Demography and Child Well-being. She regularly teaches "Introduction to Global Societies," "Sociology of Sexuality," "Gender and Society" and "Beyond the 9 to 5: Work in the 24/7 Economy." She also helped develop the popular sophomore interdisciplinary studies course, "South Park and Contemporary Issues," which she team-teaches with Joshua Baron, senior lecturer of Philosophy.

Raley's first publication in a peer-reviewed journal in 2006 was a version of her master's thesis, which investigated whether fathers were more involved with their children when they had sons rather than daughters. She has also published theoretical pieces about the role of the family in a "McDonaldized" world in George Ritzer's "McDonaldization: The Reader." More recently, she has published on the changing earning arrangements of dual-income couples, particularly those in which the wife out-earned her husband, nonstandard work schedules and cohabitation.

Her 2009 "Social Forces" article with Melissa Milkie and Suzanne Bianchi about the gendered division of child care in dual-earner families was highlighted in Arlie Hochschild's latest edition of the "Second Shift" as one of the most careful and detailed studies on the subject. Her most recent work focusing on father involvement was published in the "American Journal of Sociology" in 2012. She currently serves on the editorial board for the "Journal of Marriage and Family."

In 2012, she was recognized with the 2012 ASA/SAGE Teaching Innovations & Professional Development Award. Raley earned a bachelor's in Business Marketing, a bachelor's in Government & Politics, a master's in Sociology and a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Maryland, College Park.

In the News

He’s Fishing, You’re Wishing (for More Household Help) 
Sara Raley, associate professor of Sociology, comments on working mothers on the LifeZette website. (May 4, 2016)

Childcare costs force more parents to take on night work
A study by Sara Raley, associate professor of Sociology, about parents who work at night having more time with their children than parents who work days is included in an article in The Guardian. (Dec. 25, 2014)

Professor explores whether social media have left us disconnected
The Baltimore Sun quotes Sara Raley, associate professor of Sociology, on how social media can influence or complicate relationships. (Oct. 20, 2014)

The Earnings Gap Between Married and Non-Married Moms is Widening
The Wall Street Journal quotes Sara Raley, associate professor of Sociology, about how an increase in married fathers' involvement with their children was linked to higher employment and earnings among wives. (Aug. 5, 2014)

Transgender Tipping Point? 
“Midday with Dan Rodricks” on WYPR-FM interviewed Sara Raley, associate professor of Sociology, on the acceptance of transgender people and the failure to repeal the “Bathroom Bill” banning discrimination against transgender people in Maryland. (June 4, 2014)

The Night Shift
A study by Sara Raley, associate professor of Sociology, about parents who work at night having more time with their children than parents who work days is included in an article in Psychology Today. (May 6, 2014)

Juggling Act: Why Are Women Still Trying To Do It All?
"The Shriver Report" released by NBC News quotes Sara Raley, associate professor of Sociology, on female breadwinners and the time that women spend doing housework. (Jan. 28, 2014)

The Language of Love in Teenspeak
Sara Raley, associate professor of Sociology, discusses teen dating and the "hookup culture" in Carroll Magazine. (Feb. 14, 2013)

McDaniel students help design the classes they're taking
The Baltimore Sun writes about Gretchen McKay, professor of Art and Art History and Department Chair, Robert Trader, associate professor of Communication, and Sara Raley, associate professor of Sociology, working with McDaniel College students on developing new courses. (April 3, 2011)

More on Sara Raley

Real-life lessons in the liberal arts empower alumna's passion
News@McDaniel (Feb 25, 2014)

Honors course prompts students to explore perspectives on leadership
News@McDaniel (Nov. 12, 2013)

Arabic major finds natural fit in United Palestinian Appeal internship
News@McDaniel (Oct. 29, 2013)

Undergraduate's sexting research presented at international conference
News@McDaniel (Sept. 3, 2013)

Honors students serve LGBT communities through their projects
News@McDaniel (May 7, 2013)

McDaniel senior named Maryland top honors student
News@McDaniel (March 12, 2013)