DR. ROSLYN SCHOEN
I am a sociologist curious about the connections between economic development and the worlds of family and work. My research examines the gendered consequences of macro level social changes such as those related to globalization, demographic shifts, immigration, and state policies. I am proud to work and teach at a nontraditional campus in Texas that serves a diverse group of upper-division college students, many of whom bring a lifetime of rich experience with them into the classroom.
Development & Change
Currently Teaching (fall 2019)
I first began field-based interview research in rural Bangladesh in 2010 and am interested in the ambivalent effects of economic change on women and girls. In 2017, I completed two months of fieldwork exploring local discourses around women’s entrance into the formal labor sectors. Though my initial questions focused on how and why women might resist participation in wage labor, I found that a garment factory had recently opened in the area and, among some families, ideas about daughters' filial responsibilities have shifted in response. Support for data collection came from a research grant from the College of Arts & Sciences at my university. The project is now in the analysis and drafting phase.