Areas of Expertise & Civic Involvements
Bruns' research investigate the consequences of social and structural inequality for women and their families. Her current projects examine the impact of family member incarceration on women's economic well-being and health, how the conditions of low-wage jobs influence work-family balance, and the impact of multiple job holding on maternal and child well-being.
Shows that, on average, women's hours of work were not significantly impacted by the incarceration of their partners. Reveals that there was a positive relationship between partner incarceration and employment among more advantaged groups of women (e.g. married women, White women).