Krista Brumley

Krista Brumley

Associate Professor

313-577-2930 (fax)

2265 Faculty/Administration Building

Curriculum vitae

Krista Brumley

Krista M. Brumley is associate professor of sociology at Wayne State University. Her research focuses on gender, the work-family nexus, and organizations in the U.S. and Mexico. She is the principal investigator on a NSF RAPID grant that uses mixed methods (surveys and interviews) to assess work, family, and social well-being among dual-income couples within the context of COVID-19. Another study examines how U.S. workplace conditions affect employee experiences and work-family conflict among mothers and fathers who hold managerial and professional positions in the automotive industry. This qualitative study pays particular attention to flexible work arrangements and the mental load of the division of household labor. Her earlier research involves two extensive qualitative fieldwork studies in Mexico. One examines gendered organizational change post-NAFTA at a Mexican-owned multinational manufacturing corporation. The other is a case study of non-governmental organizations and political participation in Monterrey, Mexico.

She has published on these topics in Society and Mental Health, Community, Work, and Family, Gender & Society, Social Currents, Sociological Focus, Gender, Work and Organizations, the Journal of Family Issues, and the Journal of Contemporary Ethnography.

She also serves as the principal investigator on the National Science Foundation ADVANCE ADAPTATION: Gender Equity Advances Retention in STEM grant (WSU-GEARS) and is PI on the ADVANCE PARTNERSHIP: STEM Intersectional Equity in Departments (SIEDS): A Partnership for Inclusive Work Cultures, with Michigan State University, The Ohio State University, and Wayne State University.

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.

Research interest(s)/area of expertise

Gender, work, work-family, organizations, qualitative research, Mexico


  • Ph.D., Sociology, Tulane University, 2004
  • M.A., Sociology, Tulane University, 1998
  • M.P.H., Tulane University, 1996

Awards and grants

    • Principal investigator. (Co-PIs: Shirin Montazer, Katheryn Maguire, and Boris Baltes). National Science Foundation. RAPID: Work, Family, and Social Well-Being among Couples in the Context of COVID-19. Award #2031726. 2020-2021
    • Principal investigator. (Co-PIs: Boris Baltes, Stine Eckert, Tamara Hendrickson, Lars Johnson, Sara Kacin, Shirley Papuga, and Ece Yaprak). National Science Foundation. Wayne State University GEARS: Gender Equity Advances Retention in STEM. 2020-2023
    • Career Development Chair Award. 2019
    • 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
  • Principal Investigator. (Co-PIs: Boris Baltes, Sharon Lean, and Matt Piszczek). National Science Foundation. ADVANCE PARTNERSHIP: STEM Intersectional Equity in Departments (SIEDS): A Partnership for Inclusive Work Cultures, Michigan State University, with The Ohio State University, and Wayne State University. 2023-2028. Award #2305599.

Selected publications

  • Montazer, Shirin, Laura Pineault, Krista M. Brumley, Katheryn Maguire, and Boris Baltes. 2023. "Social Change in the Turbulent Times of the COVID-19 Pandemic: Impacts of Work-related Demands on Work-to-Family Conflict, Mastery, and Psychological Distress." Society and Mental Health.
  • 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 Role of Work-family Conflict and Guilt." Society and Mental Health. DOI: 10.1177/21568693221096189.
  • Brumley, Krista M. and Megan St. George. 2023. "Behind the Scenes: Gendered Household Labor Schemas of Managers and Helpers." Community, Work, and Family.
  • 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 by Krista Brumley

Fall Term 2024 (future)

Winter Term 2024

Fall Term 2023

Winter Term 2023

Fall Term 2022