|Associate Professor (Ph.D. University of Maryland at College Park)
April Brayfield died on the morning of Tuesday, December 13, 2011. Her friends and colleagues remember her as a valuable person in their lives and as a model of a university professor. (Obituary in Times-Picayune; Remembrance in the SLA newsletter)
Information about her memorials can be found at the Events/Announcements page.
215 Newcomb Hall
Gender, Work & Family; Sociology of Childhood; Cross-National Research
Current Research Projects
My current research agenda focuses on attitudes toward children and childrearing. One project examines early childhood socialization in Hungary. In this study, I investigate Hungarian conceptualizations of children as a social category as well as their values and beliefs about what young children should be learning at home and in childcare centers. Another project analyzes changes in American and Hungarian attitudes toward maternal employment since the 1980s. A future project will focus on parental strategies for raising children in foreign cultures.
“Museums and Childhood: Negotiating Organizational Lessons.” Melinda J. Milligan and April Brayfield. Childhood: A Global Journal of Child Research, Vol. 11, No. 1, 45-71, 2004.
“Home-to-Job and Job-to-Home Spillover: The Impact of Company Policies and Workplace Culture.” Sue Falter Mennino, Beth A. Rubin, and April Brayfield. The Sociological Quarterly,Vol. 46, 107-135, 2005. [reprinted in The Transformation of Work in the New Economy: Sociological Readings, edited by Robert Perrucci and Carolyn C. Perruci. Roxbury, 2007, pp. 483-505.]
“Gender Regimes & Cultures of Care: Public Support for Maternal Employment in Germany and the United States.” Marina A. Adler and April Brayfield. Marriage & Family Review, Vol. 39, No. 3/4, 229-253, 2006. [also published simultaneously in Families and Social Policies: National and International Perspectives, edited by Linda Haas and Steven K. Wisensale. The Haworth Press, 2006.]
“Lingering Nuances: Gendered Career Motivations and Aspirations of First-Year Law Students.” Catherine Carroll and April Brayfield. Sociological Spectrum, Vol. 27, No. 3 (May), pp. 225-255, 2007.
Soci 304: Research Analysis
Soci 625: Sociology of Childhood
Soci 688: Intensive Writing Option linked to Soci 625
Soci 626: Gender, Work & Family in Cross-Cultural Perpective