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Sigrid Luhr

Visiting Assistant Professor


Pronouns: She/Her/Hers



Sigrid Luhr is a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois-Chicago. She earned a PhD and MA in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley in May 2020 and a BA in Sociology from the University of Pennsylvania. Her research examines the reproduction of inequality within the workplace and family, with a focus on gender and social class. Much of her research examines the causes and consequences of workplace inequality across various sectors of the economy – from the low-wage service sector to the high-wage tech industry.

Sigrid’s current research draws on in-depth interviews with tech workers to understand how gender inequality is reproduced within the San Francisco Bay Area tech industry. The project moves beyond the supply-side explanation of the educational pipeline to understand the role that tech companies play in gender inequality. The project investigates multiple facets of the tech industry, from the language used to discuss workplace diversity, to the gendered role sorting within tech companies, to the various ways that women contort themselves to embody the image of an “ideal tech worker.”

In other research projects, Sigrid has studied social class differences in how adolescents learn about finances within the home, how mothers and fathers working in the service industry signal their status as parents at work, how scheduling practices affect the child care arrangements of parents working low-wage service jobs, and the experiences of middle-income families during the Great Recession.

Her research has been published in Gender & Society, Journal of Family and Economic Issues, Social Service Review, Journal of Family Studies, and is forthcoming in Social Problems. You can find more about Sigrid and her research at her website:

Selected Publications

Selected Publications

Kristen Harknett, Daniel Schneider, and Sigrid Luhr.  (Forthcoming). “Who Cares if Parents have Unpredictable Work Schedules?: The Association between Just-in-Time Work Schedules and Child Care Arrangements.” Social Problems.


Sigrid Luhr. (2020). “Signaling Parenthood: Managing the Motherhood Penalty and Fatherhood Premium in the U.S. Service Sector.” Gender & Society 34(2): 259-283.


Sigrid Luhr. (2018). “How Social Class Shapes Adolescent Financial Socialization: Understanding Differences in the Transition to Adulthood.” Journal of Family and Economic Issues 39(3): 457-473.


Dani Carrillo, Kristen Harknett, Allison Logan, Sigrid Luhr, and Daniel Schneider (2017). “Instability of Work and Care: How Work Schedules Shape Child-Care Arrangements for Parents Working in the Service Sector.” Social Service Review 91(3): 422-455.

Jeanna Parsons Leigh, Anne Gauthier, Roberta Iversen, Sigrid Luhr, and Laura Napolitano. (2016). “Caught In Between: Neoliberal Rhetoric and Middle-income Families in Canada and the United States.” Journal of Family Studies. 24(2): 170-186.