Rachel Connelly received her PhD in economics from the University of Michigan in 1985 and has been teaching at Bowdoin College since then. She was the first woman to receive tenure in the Bowdoin economics department and now holds the title of Bion R. Cram Professor of Economics. She has published numerous articles and two monographs on the effect of broad demographic trends on the labor market and human capital decision making and on the economics of child care. Her research on child care considers both sides of the market– the demand for child care on the part of families with young children, the labor supply of child care workers, employers use of child care as an employment benefit, and parental child caregiving time. Her most current research on child care, joint with Jean Kimmel, looks at the caregiving time of parents using the American Time Use Survey (ATUS). In addition to the study of child care, Connelly conducts research on issues related to women’s status, education, and migration in rural China.
Rachel is married to Michael Connelly, author of Cheng & Tsui Chinese Measure Word Dictionary: A Chinese-English English-Chinese Usage Guide (were you thinking of another Michael Connelly?). Both Brandeis graduates, Rachel and Michael moved to Maine the day they graduated from college and immediately began building a house in the woods. They currently live in an old farm house in Brunswick, which is full of books, building projects, and children.
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Kristen Ghodsee earned her Ph.D. in 2002 from the University of California at Berkeley and is the Director and the John S. Osterweis Associate Professor of Gender and Womens Studies at Bowdoin College. She is the author of three books: The Red Riviera: Gender, Tourism and Postsocialism on the Black Sea (Duke University Press, 2005), Muslim Lives in Eastern Europe: Gender, Ethnicity and the Transformation of Islam in Postsocialist Bulgaria (Princeton University Press 2009), and Lost In Transition: Ethnographies of Everyday Life After Socialism (Duke University Press 2011), as well as numerous articles on gender, civil society and Islam in Eastern Europe. She is the winner of national fellowships from NSF, Fulbright, NCEEER, IREX and ACLS as well as the recipient of residential research fellowships at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington DC, the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University. Kristen has one wonderful daughter and spent almost all of her years on the tenure track as a single mother.
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