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.