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Scott Coltrane

Dean, College of Arts and Sciences

114 C Friendly Hall
1245 University of Oregon
University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403

Phone: (541) 346-3902
Fax: (541) 346-1150

Scott Coltrane's research focuses on fathers and families with special attention to the intersections of gender, ethnicity, class, family and neighborhood. He investigates why and how men are involved (or uninvolved) in housework and child care and how this influences their partners, their children and their families.  He has explored everyday family life in different historical periods, ethnic groups, family types, and policy contexts with emphasis on the social construction of masculinity and the reproduction of gender inequality.  He is the author of four books and over fifty scholarly journal articles and chapters, and is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Research Interests

  • sociology of families and fatherhood
  • domestic divisions of labor
  • gender inequality
  • culture and policy


Selected Books

2008 Scott Coltrane and Michele Adams. Gender and Families (Gender Lens Series, 2nd Edition). Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.

2004 Scott Coltrane (Ed.). Families and Society . Belmont, CA: Wadsworth.

2001 Scott Coltrane and Randall Collins. Sociology of Marriage and the Family: Gender, Love, and Property (5th Edition). Belmont, CA: Wadsworth.

1998 Scott Coltrane. Gender and Families . Newbury Park, CA: Pine Forge Press.

1996 Scott Coltrane. Family Man: Fatherhood, Housework, and Gender Equity. New York: Oxford University Press.

Selected Articles

2007 Michele Adams, Scott Coltrane and Ross D. Parke. Cross-ethnic Applicability of the Gender-based Attitudes Toward Marriage and Child Rearing Scales. Sex Roles , 56, No. 5-6, 325-339 .

2007 Michele Adams and Scott Coltrane. Framing Divorce Reform: Media, Morality, and the Politics of Family. Family Process , 46, No. 1, 17-34.

2007 Ross D. Parke, Scott Coltrane and Thomas Schofield. “New Americans, New Families.” Greater Good 4 , No. 2, 22-26. University of California, Berkeley: Greater Good Science Center.

2007 Scott Coltrane. “What about Fathers?” American Prospect, A20-23 (March).

2004 Ross D. Parke, Scott Coltrane, Sharon Duffy, Ray Buriel, Justina Powers, Sabine French, and Keith F. Widaman. Economic Stress, Parenting and Child Adjustment in Mexican-American and European American Families. Child Development , 75, No. 6 , 1-25.

2004 Scott Coltrane, Ross D. Parke and Michele Adams. Complexity of Father Involvement In Low-Income Mexican American Families. Family Relations 53, No. 2, 179-189.

2004 Scott Coltrane. “ Elite Careers and Family Commitment: It's (Still) about Gender.” The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 596 , 214-220.

2003 Scott Coltrane and Michele Adams. The Social Construction of the Divorce “Problem”: Morality, Child Victims, and the Politics of Gender. Family Relations Vol. 52, No. 4, 363–372.

2003 Jessica Dennis, Ross D. Parke, Scott Coltrane, Sharon Borthwick-Duffy and Jan Blacher. Economic Pressure, Maternal Depression, and Child Adjustment in Latino Families: An Exploratory Study. Journal of Family and Economic Issues, 24, 183-202.

2001 Scott Coltrane. Marketing the Marriage “Solution:” Misplaced Simplicity in the Politics of Fatherhood. Sociological Perspectives 44, 387-402.

2000 Scott Coltrane and Melinda Messineo. The Perpetuation of Subtle Prejudice: Race and Gender Imagery in 1990s Television Advertising. Sex Roles , 42, 363-89

2000 Scott Coltrane “Fatherhood and Marriage in the 21 st Century.” National Forum, 80, 25-28. (Summer).


Ph.D. -- University of California, Santa Cruz