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Mary C.Brinton
Hrdy Fellow
Harvard University
Gender Equity and Low Fertility in Postindustrial Societies

Mary C. Brinton is the Reischauer Institute Professor of Sociology at Harvard University. Her research focuses on gender inequality, labor-market change, and young adulthood in East Asia, especially Japan.

During the Radcliffe fellowship year, Brinton is working on a comparative project that asks why fertility has dropped to very low levels in some postindustrial societies and not others. She is using original in-depth interviews of young men and women in Japan, Korea, Spain, Sweden, and the United States to examine how the incomplete gender-role revolution hinders family formation in the postindustrial context.

Brinton’s research on low fertility is supported in part by a grant from the National Science Foundation. She has held fellowships from the Fulbright Commission, the Japan Foundation, and the Spencer Foundation, and she was a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University in 1999–2000. Brinton earned her doctoral degree in sociology from the University of Washington.

2013–2014 Radcliffe Institute Fellows

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