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Peer-Reviewed Articles and Book Chapters

“’There was No Money Left to Save’: Financial Literacy and the Lives of Low-Income People” (co-authored with Eleanor Thompson).  Journal of Progressive Human Services, Vol. 26, No. 2.  2015.

“Speaking and Organizing Across Difference:  Multi-Racial Coalitions and the Grassroots Mobilization of Child Care Workers.”  Feminist Formations, Vol. 24, No. 1.  2012.

 “The Right and Responsibility to Care: Oppositional Consciousness Among Family Child Care Providers of Color.” Journal of Women, Politics & Policy, Vol. 29, No. 2. 2008  

“'Where Teachers Can Make A Livable Wage': Organizing to Address Gender and Racial Inequalities in the Child Care Workforce” in Child Care and Inequality: Rethinking Carework For Children and Youth. F. Cancian, D. Kurz, A. London, R. Reviere and M. Tuominen (eds). New York: Routledge.  2002.


 “The Conflicts of Caring: Gender, Race Ethnicity and Individualism in Family Child Care” in Care Work: Gender, Labor and the Welfare State. M.H. Meyer (ed). New York: Routledge.  2000.


“Tenuous Relationships: Exploitation, Emotion, and Racial Ethnic Significance in Paid Childcare Work” (co-authored with Lynet Uttal). Gender & Society. Vol. 13, No. 6.  1999.


“Motherhood and the Market: Mothering and Employment Opportunities Among Mexicana, African-American and Euro-American Family Day Care Workers” in Sociological Focus.  Vol. 31, No. 1. 1998.


“Exploitation or Opportunity? The Contradictions of Child-Care Policy in the Contemporary United States” in Women and Politics. Vol. 18, No. 2. 1997.


“The Hidden Organization of Labor: Gender, Race/Ethnicity and Child Care Work in the Formal and Informal Economy” in Sociological Perspectives.  Vol. 37, No. 2 Summer 1994


“Gender, Class and Motherhood: The Legacy of Federal Child Care Policy.” Affilia: Journal of Women and Social Work.  Vol. 7, No.3 Winter 1992.


“Caring For Profit: The Social, Economic, and Political Significance of For-Profit Child Care.” Social Service Review. Vol. 65, No. 3. September 1991.



We Are Not Babysitters: Family Child Care Providers Redefine Work and Care.  Rutgers University Press.  2003.


Child Care and Inequality: Re-Thinking Carework for Children and Youth. F. Cancian, D.Kurz, A. London, R. Reviere and M. Tuominen (eds). New York: Routledge.  2002.


Encyclopedia Entries and Book Reviews

“Forced to Care: Coercion and Caregiving in America” (by Evelyn Nakano Glenn).  Gender & Society. Vol. 26 , No 1 (pp 129-130), February 2012.  

Child Care Workers” in Encyclopedia of U.S. Labor and Working Class History.  Eric Arnesen (ed).  New York: Routledge.  2006.

“The Child Care Problem: An Economic Analysis” (by David M. Blau). Contemporary Sociology. Vol. 33 No. 5 (pp. 548-550), September 2004.


“Inside the Household, From Labor to Care” (ed by Susan Himmelweit). Contemporary Sociology. Vol. 31, No. 1. (pp. 30-31), January 2003.