Dr. Eiko Strader

Dr. Eiko Strader
Assistant Professor of Public Policy, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and Sociology
Phillips Hall
801 22nd St. NW
Washington, District Of Columbia 20052
United States
[email protected]

Areas of Expertise




Welfare States


Eiko Strader is a sociologist who primarily studies gender inequality and public policy. Much of her work tries to understand how and under what conditions gender becomes relevant in predicting life chances across different levels of geographical location. She employs intersectionality-informed multilevel models to examine intersecting sources of inequality, such as race, ethnicity, parenthood and class, while simultaneously analyzing labor market policies or conditions that impact gender inequality.

Her current research agenda can be divided into three broad research fronts that cover: 1) regional wage effects of immigration, 2) marriage and motherhood penalties in the U.S. military, and 3) job performance of ex-felons in the U.S. military. She considers the U.S. military to be an interesting case for studying inequality and public policy because they strongly enforce equal employment opportunity (EEO) policies, operates and subsidizes high-quality childcare, and provides extensive benefits to enlistees and their families.

Dr. Strader aims to produce policy relevant research that contributes to making societies more equitable. Her collaborative work with Jennifer Lundquist (University of Massachusetts Amherst) and Devah Pager (Harvard Kennedy School) examining job performance of ex-felons in the U.S. military has been covered by the EconomistThe Washington PostCBS News and National Public Radio.


PhD, Sociology, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2017
BS, Sociology, Boise State University (Magna Cum Laude), 2008


Strader, Eiko, with Jennifer Hickes Lundquist and Devah Pager. 2018. “Does a Criminal Past Predict Worker Performance? Evidence from America’s Largest Employers.” Social Forces. 96(3): 1039-1068. 

Strader, Eiko, and Joya Misra. 2018. “Poverty and Income Inequality.” Pp. 385-408 in The Cambridge Handbook of Social Problems, Vol. 1, edited by A. Javier Treviño. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. 

Moller, Stephanie, Joya Misra, Elizabeth Wemlinger, and Eiko Strader. 2016. “Policy Interventions and Relative Incomes of Families with children by Family Structure and Parental Education.” Socius: Sociological Research for a Dynamic World. 2: 1-28.

Strader, Eiko, and Joya Misra. 2015. “Anti-Poverty Policies and the Structure of Inequality.” Pp. 259-267 in Routledge Handbook on Poverty in the United States, edited by Haymes Stephen, Maria Vidal de Haymes, and Reuben Miller. New York: Routledge.

Misra, Joya, and Eiko Strader. 2013. “Gender Pay Equity in Advanced Countries: The Role of Parenthood and Policies. Journal of International Affairs. 67(1): 27-41.

Moller, Stephanie, Joya Misra, and Eiko Strader. 2013. “A Cross-National Look at How Welfare States Impact Inequality.” Sociology Compass. 7(2): 135-146.

Misra, Joya, Stephanie Moller, Eiko Strader, and Elizabeth Wemlinger. 2012. “Family Policies, Employment and Poverty Among Partnered and Single Mothers.” Research in Social Stratification and Mobility. 30(1): 113-128.


Winner of the ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Awards in Social Sciences, Council of Graduate Schools, 2018

Columbian College Facilitating Fund (CCFF), 2018

Secretary for the Early Career Network Special Interest Group within the Work Family Researchers Network, 2018~

Strader has been serving on the expert panel for the Intersectionality Toolkit Project funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, 2017~

Visiting fellow at the Kahn Liberal Arts Institute, Smith College (12’)

Phi Kappa Phi, 2008



Classes Taught

WGSS3170: Gender and Space

WGSS6265: Women, Welfare and Poverty

PPPA6006: Policy Analysis