Pilar Gonalons-Pons


  • Pilar Gonalons-Pons (PSC/PARC Research Associate) has been named Alber-Klingelhofer Presidential Assistant Professor of Sociology. Gonalons-Pons studies how gender, work, and public policies structure economic inequalities, with a focus on how inequalities change over time and the life course. Read more about this title announcement on the Penn Arts & Sciences News webpage.

  • New Population Center Working Paper (PSC/PARC): Gonalons-Pons, Pilar 2021. "Paid Family Leave and the Gender Division of Paid and Unpaid Work.University of Pennsylvania Population Center Working Paper (PSC/PARC), 2021-73.

  • Pilar Gonalon-Pons (PSC/PARC Research Associate) was quoted in The Philadelphia Inquirer about the child tax credit under the American Rescue Plan and accessiblity issues for low-income families.

Assistant Professor of Sociology

Ph.D., Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2014

My research examines how work, families, and public policies structure economic inequalities, with a particular focus on how inequalities change over time and over the life course. I emply quantitative techniques and longitudinal datasets from multiple countries along with content analyses of documents and interview data.

My studies contribute to debates about the uneven change in gender inequalities, the role of family processes in exacerbating inequalities across families, and the relevance of public policies in mediating these processes.

My current projects focus on the impact of changes in wives' earnings on income inequality in 8 countries 1975-2015, the effects of the Great Recession on workers' career mobility and family formation in 30 countries, and changes in couples' work and earnings after childbirth in the US 1970-2010.

My research has been published in Demography, Social Science Research, and the RSF: Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences.