Alex is currently a postdoctoral research fellow affiliated with the Sociology Department and Nuffield College at the University of Oxford. He completed a PhD in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley and an MS in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin—Madison.
Alex has research interests in work and gender, social inequality, child and elderly care, social policy (i.e., family and long-term care policy), and multilevel and longitudinal data analysis. I have two areas of research. In the first I am interested in the extent to which social policies in different countries support women’s autonomy, including their ability to make distinct choices regarding their labor force participation and caregiving as potentially alternative means of achieving financial security and self-actualization. In a second but related research area, I am concerned with how US states’ strategies in the area of long-term care and family policy affect the organization of care for elderly people, including the relative importance of the “state,” “market,” and “family” in care provision, and moderate the consequences of caregiving responsibilities for the caregiver’s socioeconomic well-being in later life. Of interest to me are who provides care; where care is provided; if the caregiver is an employee, who pays; and, if there are multiple caregivers, who does what tasks.