Dr. Shira Offer

Director, Graduate Program in Social Organizations
Dr. Shira Offer


Shira Offer joined the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Bar-Ilan University as a lecturer in 2006. She received her Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Chicago. From 2002-06 she worked as a research analyst at the Alfred P. Sloan Center on Parents, Children, and Work at the University of Chicago.

Her main research interests include sociology of families, social support networks, gender, work and family, and poverty and inequality. As a sociologist studying families, Offer's research is motivated by the concern of how the current social, cultural, and economic climate affects the well-being and functioning of parents and children. Over the last six years she has undertaken two main research projects: (1) time uses among dual-earner families, and (2) low-income mothers' social support networks. She has published a number of articles in such journals as the American Sociological Review, Journal of Marriage and Family, Social Forces, The Sociological Quarterly, Community, Work, and Family, Racial and Ethnic Studies, and Current Sociology.



Research fields: 
Sociology of the Family,
Social Stratification,
Social Support and SocialNetworks

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