Department of Social & Policy Sciences

Professor Lynn Prince Cooke

Professor of social policy conducting comparative research on group differences in paid and unpaid work, and their impact on family

Lynn Prince Cooke


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Video: Policy and changing families

A research film presented by Professor Lynn Prince Cooke about our research surrounding the changing families and the new household models.


Prior to joining Bath in 2012, I obtained my DPhil in Sociology from the University of Oxford (2004), followed by a postdoctoral position at the University of Queensland (Australia), and then academic posts at the universities of Kent and Surrey. I have also been a visiting researcher at the European University Institute, University of Bielefeld, Rostock University, the University of Washington, Yale University, and the DIW/Berlin.

My research uses large-scale national datasets to explore how labour markets and social transfers structure economic inequalities among women and men, as well as between them.  I am also interested in life course research, such as the impact of household divisions of labour on divorce risk.  I am currently pursuing these interests under a European Research Council Consolidator Grant (680958, 2016-2021) for the NEWFAMSTRAT project.

My research has thrice been short-listed for a Rosebeth Moss Kanter Award for Excellence in Work-Family Research (2006, 2010, 2013), with past funders including the British Academy, the Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst-Wandel durch Austausch (DAAD), the Economic and Social Research Council, the European Commission (IRISS), the Leverhulme Trust, and others.

Externally, I serve as a reviewer for international excellence initiatives and on the editorial boards of European Sociological Review, Gender & Society, and Journal of Marriage and Family. I have been a consulting editor for American Journal of Sociology. Internally, I am the  Head of Group for Social Policy and Sociology, and serve on the University Research Committee.

Research interests

  • Gender-class intersections of accumulated economic (dis)advantage
  • Relationship transitions
  • International comparative research
  • Quantitative analyses of secondary data
  • Intergenerational inequalities



Cooke, L. P., 2011. Gender-Class Equality in Political Economies. Routledge. (Perspectives on Gender)

Cooke, L. P. and Cooke, W. M., 1989. Contemporary Cases in Labor-Management Relations. BPI Irwin.

Book Sections

Cooke, L., 2017. Forthcoming. Pathology of Patriarchy and Family Inequalities. In: Cahn, N., Carbone, J., Wilcox, W. B. and DeRose, L., eds. Family Inequalities in Europe and the Americas. Cambridge: University of Cambridge.

Cooke, L. P., 2010. Briefing paper: 'Traditional' marriages now less stable than ones where couples share work and household chores. In: Risman, B. J., ed. Families as They Really Are. New York, USA: W. W. Norton, pp. 431-432.

Cooke, L. P., 2010. The politics of housework. In: Treas, J. and Drobnic, S., eds. Dividing the domestic: men, women, and household work in cross-national perspective. Stanford, U. S. A.: Stanford University Press, pp. 59-78. (Social Inequality)

Cooke, L. P., 2006. Le Sud revisité:équité de genres et fécondité en Italie et en Espagne. In: Recherches et Previsions.Vol. 83. Paris, France: Caisse Nationale des Allocations Familiales, pp. 61-78.


Cooke, L., 2016. Gender Equality Levers at the State-Market Nexus:Bringing Organizations Back In. Research on Finnish Society, 9, pp. 45-49.

Cooke, L. P., 2014. Gendered parenthood penalties and premiums across the earnings distribution in Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States. European Sociological Review

Cooke, L. P., Erola, J., Evertsson, M., Gahler, M., Harkonen, J., Hewitt, B., Jalovaara, M., Kan, M.-Y., Lyngstad, T. H., Mencarini, L., Mignot, J.-F., Mortelmans, D., Poortman, A.-R., Schmitt, C. and Trappe, H., 2013. Labor and love:Wives' employment and divorce risk in its socio-political context. Social Politics, 20 (4), pp. 482-509.

Cooke, L. P. and Gash, V., 2010. Wives' part-time employment and marital stability in Great Britain, West Germany and the United States. Sociology-the Journal of the British Sociological Association, 44 (6), pp. 1091-1108.

Cooke, L. P. and Baxter, J., 2010. "Families" in international context: comparing institutional effects across western societies. Journal of Marriage and Family, 72 (3), pp. 516-536.

Cooke, L. P., 2009. Gender equity and fertility in Italy and Spain. Journal of Social Policy, 38 (1), pp. 123-140.

Cooke, L. P., 2007. Persistent policy effects on gender equity in the home:the division of domestic tasks in reunified Germany. Journal of Marriage and Family, 69 (4), pp. 930-950.

Cooke, L. P., 2007. Policy pathways to gender power:state-level effects on the US division of housework. Journal of Social Policy, 36 (2), pp. 239-260.

Cooke, L. P., 2006. "Doing" gender in context:household bargaining and risk of divorce in Germany and the United States. American Journal of Sociology, 112 (2), pp. 442-472.

Cooke, L. P., 2006. Policy, preferences, and patriarchy:the division of domestic labor in East Germany, West Germany and the United States. Social Politics, 13 (1), pp. 117-143.

Breen, R. and Cooke, L. P., 2005. The persistence of the gendered division of domestic labour. European Sociological Review, 21 (1), pp. 43-57.

Cooke, L. P., 2004. The gendered division of labor and family outcomes in Germany. Journal of Marriage and Family, 66 (5), pp. 1246-1259.

Cooke, L. P., 2003. A comparison of initial and early life course earnings of the German secondary education and training system. Economics of Education Review, 22 (1), pp. 79-88.

Batson, C., Raynor-Prince, D. and Raynor-Prince, L., 1983. Religious orientation and complexity of thought about existential concerns. Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, 22 (1), pp. 38-50.


Cooke, L., 2015. IPR Policy Brief - Labour and love: wives' employment and divorce risk in its socio-political context. University of Bath.

Non-academic press

Cooke, L., 2016. Why Trump’s male chauvinism appeals to some voters more than others. The Conversation

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