Frank H.T. Rhodes Postdoctoral Fellow
MVR 293
Ithaca, New York
Policy Analysis and Management


Patrick Ishizuka is the Frank H.T. Rhodes postdoctoral fellow at the Cornell Population Center. He received his Ph.D. in Sociology and Social Policy, with a specialization in Demography, from Princeton University in 2016. His research focuses on work, family, policy, and social inequality.

Ishizuka's research uses quantitative and experimental methods to understand the causes of social and economic inequalities in family life, and how gender inequalities in families reproduce inequalities in the labor market.

His dissertation, which focused on parenthood and inequality, relied on two large-scale, original data collection efforts funded by the National Science Foundation. One project asked whether employers discriminate similarly against mothers in low- and high-skilled occupations. Drawing on data from an original resume audit study with more than 1,100 employers, the study points to pervasive bias against mothers but distinct mechanisms of discrimination in low- and high-skilled jobs. The other part of his dissertation asked how gender and social class shape contemporary cultural norms of good parenting. Using data from an original vignette survey experiment about parenting attitudes with a nationally representative sample of more than 3,600 parents, the study documents strong cultural expectations of intensive mothering and fathering among both high- and low-SES parents.

Other areas of Ishizuka's research examine the link between work, family, policy, and inequality. His research projects examine how money and work influence whether cohabiting couples marry or separate, the role of occupational characteristics in facilitating or constraining new mothers' employment, the effects of elder care responsibilities on men's and women's employment, and a study of how normative context, anti-discrimination policy context, and competition influence sexual orientation discrimination.

Ishizuka, Patrick. Forthcoming. The Economic Foundations of Cohabiting Couples' Union Transitions. Demography.

Ph.D. Sociology and Social Policy, Princeton University