Pilar Gonalons-Pons, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology in the School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research examines how gender, work, families, and public policies structure economic inequalities, with a particular focus on how inequalities change over time and over the life course. Much of her research is guided by the overall goal to develop a comprehensive understanding about the political economy of reproductive care work, both paid and unpaid. Reproductive care work is the labor and effort aimed at meeting the daily needs of feeding, bathing, cleaning, and companionship of individuals with limited autonomy, such as children, people with disabilities, and older adults.
Her research examines how cultural norms and social policies shape the distribution of care work and its connection to social inequalities. Dr. Gonalons-Pons earned her PhD in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She earned her MA in International Migration, Social Conflicts, and Social Cohesion from the University of Deusto, Spain.