Director of the Broom Demography Center since 2016
Area Director, Sex and Gender Theme
Over the past two decades, Maria Charles has published dozens of papers on the subject of sex segregation by occupation and by field of study. Much of her research brings a cross-national perspective to the study of these issues, and her work has been supported by research grants from the National Science Foundation, Russell Sage Foundation and Spencer Foundation. Prof. Charles’s broader interests are in the role of gender and sexuality in a wide array of social and institutional locations, including labor markets, political systems, social movement organizations, educational systems, firms, racial/ethnic and religious groups, cultural organizations, communities, nation-states, and international organizations.
Grants, Awards and Distinctions:
Carsey-Wolf Center Faculty Research Support Grant, UCSB. 2019. Private Lives-Public Politics: Gender Relations and Gender Ideologies in Middle Eastern, North African and South Asian Countries. Afary, Charles, Friedland. $5,000.
Collaborative Research Initiative Grant (C-RIG), UCSB 2019. Private Lives-Public Politics: Gender Relations and Gender Ideologies in Middle Eastern, North African and South Asian Countries. Afary, Charles, Friedland. $8,000
US-Israel Binational Science Foundation. 2019. Why Do More Arab than Jewish Girls Study STEM? Assessing Effects of Material Insecurity and Self-expressive Culture on Curricular Paths in Israel. Feniger, Charles, Pinson. $171,000