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Sarah Damaske '99
Sarah Damaske '99

Sarah Damaske Recognized for Work on Class and Gender

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Posted July 31, 2014
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Sarah Damaske '99, received public recognition for her book, For the Family? How Class and Gender Shape Women's Work, in articles in the New York Times and other media outlets. Recently, Sarah continued her research on work and family by exploring the differences in stress levels at home and at work. Surprisingly, the new study concluded that stress levels were lower at work than at home! This research was featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, NPR, the Washington Post, as well as on the national television news, including the World News with Diane Sawyer.
When asked about the results of her study, Damaske told Shankar Vedantam of NPR, "You still know that you can quit, you can look for something else, that you can leave — leave your boss and your bad day behind. Those aren't exactly strategies that you have for home, right? Most of us aren't going to up and leave our families because they're stressful, although most people's families are stressful from time to time."
While at Hamilton College, Damaske studied comparative literature and was a member of the choir, the College Hill Singers, and active in HAVOC (Hamilton Action Volunteer Outreach Coalition). She earned a Masters of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy in Sociology at New York University. She was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Rice University and is currently assistant professor of Labor, Employment Relations, Sociology, and Women’s Studies at the Pennsylvania State University.
Hamilton connections are integral to Sarah’s life. She is married to Paul Damaske ’99, and is the daughter of Stephen ’69 and Frances Knapp P’99, as well as the sister-in-law to Janet ’01 and John ’02 Damaske and the niece of David Robinson ’65.
To read more about the coverage of Damaske’s work: NPR, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal
Damaske also occasionally blogs for the Huffington Post

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