The Experts

Scott Coltrane, Ph.D.

Scott Coltrane is a sociologist whose research focuses on families, gender, and social inequality. He completed his undergraduate studies at Yale University and the University of California, Santa Cruz, and received M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Sociology from the University of California, Santa Cruz. He is Professor of Sociology and Associate Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at UC Riverside, Associate Director of the UCR Center for Family Studies, recipient of the UCR Distinguished Teaching Award, and past President of the Pacific Sociological Association. Coltrane is the author of Family Man: Fatherhood, Housework, and Gender Equity (Oxford University Press, 1996), winner of the American Library Association CHOICE Outstanding Academic Book Award. He is also author of Gender and Families (Sage, 1998), coauthor (with Randall Collins) of Sociology of Marriage and the Family: Gender Love and Property (Wadsworth, 2001), and Editor of Families and Society (Wadsworth, 2004). His research has been published in various scholarly journals, including the American Journal of Sociology, Social Problems, Sociological Perspectives, Journal of Marriage and the Family, Journal of Family Issues, Family Relations, Gender & Society, Sex Roles, and Masculinities, as well as in book chapters (e.g., Men in Families, Fatherhood, Men’s Lives, Theorizing Masculinities, Men, Work, & Family, Contemporary Parenting, Gender Stratification, Work and Family, and Working Families). His most recent NIH-funded research projects investigate the impact of economic stress and the meaning of fatherhood and step-fatherhood in Mexican American and European American families.

Michael Kimmel, Ph.D.

Dr. Michael Kimmel is among the leading researchers and writers on men and masculinity in the world today. The author or editor of more than twenty volumes, his books include Changing Men: New Directions in Research on Men and Masculinity (1987), Men Confront Pornography (1990), The Politics of Manhood (1996), The Gender of Desire (2005) and The History of Men (2005). His documentary history, Against the Tide: Pro-Feminist Men in the United States, 1776-1990 (Beacon, 1992), chronicled men who supported women’s equality since the founding of the country. This “inspiring, pathbreaking collection of remarkable documents” (Dissent) was also called “meticulously researched” (Booklist) and a “pioneering volume” which “will serve as an inspirational sourcebook for both women and men.” (Publishers’ Weekly). His book, Manhood in America: A Cultural History (1996) was hailed as the definitive work on the subject. Reviewers called the book “wide-ranging, level headed, human and deeply interesting” (Kirkus), “superb… thorough, impressive and fascinating” (Chicago Tribune), “perceptive and refreshing” (Indianapolis Star). One reviewer wrote that “Kimmel’s humane, pathbreaking study points the way toward a redefinition of manhood that combines strength with nurturing, personal accountability, compassion and egalitarianism” (Publishers’ Weekly). Another called it “the most wide-ranging, clear-sighted, accessible book available on the mixed fortunes of masculinity in the United States” (San Francisco Chronicle). Another called it “a cultural history as readable and fascinating as Kate Millet’s epoch-making Sexual Politics (Booklist). The book also received impressive reviews in The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post Book World (front page review), and The New York Times Book Review, which noted that this “concise, incisive” book “elucidates the masculine ideals of the past 200 years…just as shelves of feminist books have elucidated the feminine.” He also co-edited The Encyclopedia on Men and Masculinities (2 volumes, 2004) and The Handbook of Studies on Men and Masculinities. The Encyclopedia was named “best of Reference” by the New York Public Librarians Association in 2004.

Kyle D. Pruett, M.D.

Dr. Kyle D. Pruett is a Clinical Professor of Child Psychiatry at the Yale School of Medicine. He is a prominent author, international lecturer, media personality and pioneering researcher, conducting the country’s only long-term study of the impact on children of primary caretaking fathers. Author of several award-winning books, he has also been a columnist for Good Housekeeping and Child magazines. He hosted his own Lifetime Television series, “Your Child Six to Twelve with Dr. Kyle Pruett”, and was chosen by Oprah Winfrey to host her award-winning video, “Begin With Love”, and by Peter Jennings to appear with him on the “Children’s Town Meetings” after 9-11.

Jeremy Adam Smith

Jeremy Adam Smith is the editor of and founder of the group blog Daddy Dialectic. He’s the author of The Daddy Shift, published by Beacon Press in June 2009; co-editor of The Compassionate Instinct, forthcoming from W.W. Norton & Co. in January 2010; and co-editor of Are We Born Racist?, which Beacon will publish in Spring 2010. His essays, short stories, and articles on parenting, popular culture, urban life, and politics have appeared in Mothering, The Nation, San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco Bay Guardian, Utne Reader,, Wired, and many other periodicals and books. Jeremy has also been interviewed by numerous media outlets, including the New York Times, USA Today, GQ, “Nightline”,, ABC News, NBC News, and many NPR shows. Before helping to launch, Jeremy was the senior editor of Greater Good magazine, where he still serves as contributing editor. During Jeremy’s tenure with the print edition, Greater Good was nominated multiple times for Maggie and Independent Press awards.

Joan C. Williams

Joan C. Williams is a distinguished Professor of Law, 1066 Foundation Chair, Founding Director of the Center for WorkLife Law at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. According to The New York Times, “she has something approaching rock-star status” among work/life advocates. She won the Gustavus Myers Outstanding Book Award for Unbending Gender: Why Family and Work Conflict and What to Do About It (Oxford University Press, 2000). She has authored or co-authored five books and over sixty academic articles; her articles are excerpted in law school casebooks on six different subjects. She has lectured at scores of major universities, both in North and Latin America. In 2006, Williams received the American Bar Association’s Margaret Brent Award for Women Lawyers of Achievement. In 2008, she gave the Massey Lectures in American Civilization at Harvard University.

Jessica DeGroot

Jessica DeGroot is president and founder of ThirdPath Institute. She is passionately committed to educating fathers, mothers and employees at all stages in their careers – to create win-win work/life solutions. What’s a “win-win” solution? It’s a solution where employees learn how to be productive at work while also creating time and energy for their lives outside of work. Some of the men we’ve worked with include a grandfather who redesigned his work so he could care for his grandchild. A lawyer who re-launched his career in a financial services firm so he and his wife could share taking care of their children on Fridays. Or a stay-at-home dad who started a writing business once his children became school aged. ThirdPath Institute provides practical information for developing integrated work-life solutions solutions where men and women redesign work to create time for their lives outside of work. ThirdPath provides coaching, training and workbooks for individuals, families, and the professionals families turn to. In addition, ThirdPath works with leaders from small and mid-size organizations to support these types of solutions from entry level to the executive level. Jessica and ThirdPath Institute have been featured in national newspapers and radio shows, including the Sunday New York Times, Working Mother and Fast Company magazines, the National Public Radio show The Parents Journal, and a number of local and regional cable and television shows. Jessica received her MBA from the Wharton, where she was co-founder of the Wharton Work/Life Roundtable. She has been published in The Harvard Business Review, Sloan Work and Family Encyclopedia, The American Woman 2003-2004, and is co-author of the Wharton Work/Life Resource Guide. Jessica and her husband live in Philadelphia and share in the care of their two children.