Melissa Milkie

Melissa Milkie


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Melissa Milkie

Chair, Tri-Campus Sociology Graduate Department 


Melissa Milkie is Professor of Sociology and Chair of the tri-campus Graduate Department. Professor Milkie’s expertise lies in the areas of gender & family, the work-family interface, culture, and mental health. She teaches courses such as the sociology of mental health, social psychology, the life course, intersections of gender, work & family, and research methods.

Professor Milkie’s research focuses on structural and cultural changes in gender, work and family life over recent decades and how work-family configurations are linked to mental health and well-being. She has a special interest in time and health, and is Principle Investigator of the 2019-2023 Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Insight grant on the complexities of family members’ time together and apart in Canada and the U.S. Her current work examines time allocations of and time pressures on parents; work-family conflicts and health; refugee mothers’ strains as they integrate children into new communities; and cultural images of mothers and fathers in media. Her research has also been supported by the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Professor Milkie was recently named as one of the top-cited work-family researchers in the world by the Work-Family Researchers Network (WFRN). She’s published in journals such as American Sociological Review (ASR), Social Forces, Journal of Marriage and Family, Society and Mental Health and Social Psychology Quarterly and is author of the award-winning book Changing Rhythms of American Family Life, written during her time as Professor at the University of Maryland. Professor Milkie has been deputy editor at ASR and Gender & Society and she served as a National Science Foundation (NSF) Advance Professor of Inclusive Excellence at Maryland. Up-to-date publications and information on Professor Milkie’s Research Team PACT (Parents and Children Together) can be found at

Recent Selected Publications:

Nomaguchi, Kei and Melissa A. Milkie. 2020. “Parenthood and Well-Being: A Decade in Review.” Journal of Marriage and Family 82:198-223.

Milkie, Melissa A., Neda Maghbouleh and Ito Peng. 2020. “Stress in Refugee Resettlement: Syrian Mothers’ Strains and Buffers during Early Integration.” Pp. 183-213 in A National Project: Canada’s Syrian Refugee Resettlement Experience, edited by Leah Hamilton, Luisa Veronis, and Margaret Walton-Roberts. Kingston: McGill-Queens University Press.

Nomaguchi, Kei M. and Melissa A. Milkie. 2020. “What Should Children Learn? Americans’ Changing Socialization Values, 1986-2018.” Socius.

Milkie, Melissa A., Kei Nomaguchi and Scott Schieman. 2019. “Time Deficits with Children: The Link to Parents’ Mental and Physical Health.” Society and Mental Health 9:277-95. (lead article)

Maghbouleh, Neda, Laila Omar, Melissa A. Milkie and Ito Peng. 2019. “Listening in Arabic: Feminist Research with Syrian Refugee Mothers.” Meridians: Feminism, Race, Trans-nationalism 18:480-505.

Schieman, Scott, Leah Ruppanner and Melissa A. Milkie. 2018. “Who Helps with Homework? Parenting Inequality and Relationship Quality among Employed Mothers and Fathers.” Journal of Family and Economic Issues 39:49-65.

Milkie, Melissa A., Joanna R. Pepin and Kathleen E. Denny. 2016. “What Kind of War? ‘Mommy Wars’ Discourse in U.S. and Canadian News, 1989-2013.” Sociological Inquiry 86:51-78.