Krista Brumley

Faculty Profile

Associate Professor




2265 Faculty/Administration Building


Krista M. Brumley is associate professor of sociology at Wayne State University. She focuses on gender, work-family, and work organizations in the U.S. and Mexico. Her current research examines how U.S. workplace conditions impact employee work-family conflict, health and well-being, and relationships. She is the principal investigator for a NSF RAPID grant that uses mixed methods (surveys and interviews) to assess how work, family, and health among dual-income couples have changed within the context of COVID-19. Her project on gender and work uses qualitative interviews with women and men who hold managerial and professional positions in the automotive industry to analyze work-family conflict and career advancement. Her research in Mexico centered on analyzing gendered organizational change post-NAFTA.

She has published on these topics in Sociological Spectrum, Gender & Society, Gender, Work and Organizations, the Journal of Family Issues, and the Journal of Contemporary Ethnography.

She received her PhD in Sociology in 2004 from Tulane University. She also has a Master's of Public Health from Tulane University, and earned her BA in Political Science from SUNY-Oswego.

Selected Publications

  • Montazer, Shirin, Krista Brumley, Laura Pineault, Katheryn Maguire, and Boris Baltes. 2022. "COVID-19 Onset, Parental Status and Psychological Distress among Full-Time Employed Heterosexual Adults in Dual-Earning Relationships: The Explanatory Rol of Wor-family Conflict and Guilt." Society and Mental Health. DOI: 10.1177/21568693221096189.
  • Brumley, Krista M. and Megan E. St. George. 2022. "Rules of Engagement: Flexplace and Ideal Workers." Social Currents 9(6):573-591.
  • Brumley, Krista M., Katheryn Maguire, and Shirin Montazer. 2021. "The Paradox of Time: Work, Family, Conflict, and the Social Construction of Time." Sociological Focus 54(4):310-330.
  • Montazer, Shirin, Krista M. Brumley, and Katheryn Maguire. 2020. “Overnight work-travel, work-to-family conflict, and psychological distress. The Social Science Journal. DOI: 10.1080/03623319.2020.1756175
  • Brumley, Krista M. 2018. "'It's more appropriate for men:" Management and worker perceptions of the gendered ideal worker." Sociological Spectrum 38(6):406-421
  • Brumley, Krista M. 2018. "Involved Fathers, Ideal Workers? Fathers' work-family experiences in the U.S." Comparative Perspectives in Family Research (Fathers, Childcare, and Work: Cultures, Practices, and Policies) Vol. 12:209-232
  • Brumley, Krista M. 2014. “The gendered ideal worker narrative: Professional women’s and men’s work experiences in the new economy at a Mexican company.” Gender & Society 28(6): 799-823
  • Brumley, Krista M. 2014. “‘You care for your work; I’ll care for your family:’ Perceptions of managerial behavior at a Mexican company.” Community, Work & Family 17(4)467-485
  • Brumley, Krista M. 2014. “Organizational commitment over the gendered life course at a Mexican company.” Sociological Inquiry 84(4):601-625
  • Brumley, Krista M. 2014. “‘Now, we have the same rights as men to keep our jobs:’ Gendered perceptions of opportunity and obstacles in a Mexican workplace.” Gender, Work, & Organization 21(3):217-230
  • Brumley, Krista M. 2014. ‘It was like a revolution:’ Women’s perceptions of work-family practices at a Mexican multinational corporation.” The Journal of Family Issues 35(6):776-807.

Courses taught

  • Topics in Sex and Gender, SOC 7800
  • Global Social Inequality, SOC 7860
  • Advanced Social Inequality, SOC 8700
  • Qualitative Methods, SOC 7260
  • Advanced Sex/Gender, SOC 8720
  • Research Methods, SOC 4200
  • Social Inequality, SOC 2300

Research Description

My research uses qualitative methods to study gender, work, organizations, social movements, and globalization in Mexico. I conducted ethnographic field research at a Mexican multinational company, including in-depth interviews, participant observation, and archival research. My earlier research was an extensive case study of non-governmental organizations and political participation in Monterrey, Mexico. My current research project is a qualitative case study of employees in professional, managerial, and executive level positions who work at major manufacturing multinational companies in the Detroit metro area. This research grows out of my interest on gendered work organizations, particularly as the increasingly unregulated global economy disrupts and complicates everyday life. The study examines the meanings employees’ attach to work and their career, and how they balance this with their family and other responsibilities outside of work.

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