Krista Brumley

Krista Brumley

Associate Professor
Director of Graduate Studies


313-577-2735 (fax)

2265 Faculty Administration Building


Curriculum Vitae


Krista Brumley

Krista M. Brumley is associate professor of sociology at Wayne State University. She received her PhD in 2004 from Tulane University. Her research focuses on gender, work-family, and work organizations in the U.S. and Mexico. Her current project examines how U.S. workplace conditions impact employee work-family conflict, health and well-being, and career advancement. Her Mexico fieldwork centered on analyzing gendered organizational change post-NAFTA. She also engaged in a case study of non-governmental organizations and political participation in Monterrey, Mexico. She has published on these topics in Gender & Society, Gender, Work and Organizations, the Journal of Family Issues, the Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, and Qualitative Sociology.

Research Interest/Area of Expertise

  • Gender, Work, Work-Family, Organizations, Qualitative Research, Mexico


Education – Degrees, Licenses, Certifications

  • PhD, Sociology, Tulane University, 2004
  • MA, Sociology, Tulane University, 1998
  • MPH, Tulane University, 1996

Awards and Grants

  • Humanities Center Fellowship (with Shirin Montazer). 2017. 21st Century Technological Revolution and its Discontents: Work-Family conflict in long distance and proximal relationships.

  • Humanities Center Fellowship. 2013. Having it All or Stalling Out? Gender, family, and work in the new economy.

  • Humanities Center Fellowship. 2010. Gendered Discourses: The (re)production of feminine and masculine workers in Mexico.

  • University Research Grant. 2009. Globalizing Forces and Local Responses.

  • Women of Wayne. 2009. Globalization Influences on Organizational Culture: Gender Matters.

Selected Publications

Brumley, Krista M. [forthcoming] "'It's More Appropriate for Men:" Management and worker perceptions of the gendered ideal worker." Sociological Spectrum.

Brumley, Krista M. 2018. "Involved Fathers, Ideal Workers? Fathers' work-family experiences in the U.S." In Fathers, Childcare, and Work: Cultures, Practices, and Policies, Comparative Perspectives in Family Research Volume 12:209-232. UK: Emerald Publishing Ltd..

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. 

Brumley, Krista M. 2014. “Organizational commitment over the gendered life course at a Mexican company.” Sociological Inquiry 84(4):601-625.

Brumley, Krista M. and Jon Shefner. 2014. “Opportunity, context, and action: Understanding the divergent strategies of two Mexican social movement coalitions in a time of tremendous change.” Sociological Spectrum 34:76-98.

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.

Brumley, Krista M. 2013. “From responsible debtors to citizens: Collective identity in the debtors’ movement in Monterrey, Mexico.” Journal of Contemporary Ethnography 42(2):135-168.

Brumley, Krista M. 2010. “Understanding Mexican NGOs: Goals, strategies, and the local context.” Qualitative Sociology 33:389-414.

Currently Teaching

  • Topics in Sex and Gender, SOC 7800

  • Social Inequality, SOC 2300

Courses taught

Advanced Social Inequality, SOC 8700

Qualitative Methods, SOC 7260

Advanced Sex/Gender, SOC 8720

Introduction to Graduate Studies (proseminar), SOC 7030

Research Methods, SOC 4200

Social Inequality, 3300

Capstone, SOC 4996