Dr. Shira Offer

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Offer, Shira, Sarit Sambol and Orly Benjamin. 2011. "Learning to Negotiate Network Relations: Social Support among Working Poor Mothers." Community, Work and Family 14(3):467-482.
Offer, Shira. 2010. "Institution-Based Support: A 'Last resort' Strategy for Poor Women?"
Social Science Quarterly 91(1):272-188.
Offer, Shira and Barbara, Schneider. 2010. "Multitasking among Working Families: A Strategy for Dealing with the Time Squeeze." Pp. 43-56 in Workplace Flexibility: Realigning 20th-Century Jobs for a 21st-Century Workforce, edited by Kathleen Christiensen and Barbara Schneider. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press.
Offer, Shira and Barbara, Schneider. 2008. “The Emotional Dimensions of Family Time and their Implications for Work-Family Balance." Pp. 177-189 in the Handbook of Work-Family Integration: Theories, Perspectives, and Best Practices, edited by Karen Korabik, Donna S. Lero, and Denise Whitehead. San Diego, CA: Elsevier.
Offer, Shira and Barbara, Schneider. 2007. “Children’s Role in Generating Social Capital,” Social Forces 85(3):1125-1142.
Offer, Shira. 2007. “The Ethiopian Community in Israel: Segregation and the Creation of a Racial Cleavage.” Ethnic and Racial Studies 30(3): 461-480.

Schneider, Barbara, Zack Kertcher, and Shira Offer. 2006. “Global Trends Towards Education and Science: Tension and Resistance.” Pp. 200-216 in Education Research and Policy: Steering the Knowledge-Based Economy edited by J. Ozga, T. Seddon and T. S. Popkewitz. New York: Taylor and Francis.

Offer, Shira. 2005. “Making it Work at Home.” in Being Together, Working Apart: Dual-Career Families and the Work-Life Balance, edited by B. Schneider and L. J. Waite. Cambridge, MA: Cambridge University Press. (Editorial)

Henly, Julie R., Sandra K. Danziger, and Shira, Offer. 2005. “The Contribution of Social Support to the Material Well-being of Low-income Families.” Journal of Marriage and Family, 67: 122-140.
*This article won the Society of Social Work Research 2005 Excellence in Research Award 
Offer, Shira. 2004. “The Socioeconomic Integration of the Ethiopian Community in Israel” International Migration, 42(3): 29-56.
Under Review
Offer, Shira and Barbara Schneider. "Revisiting the Gender Gap in Time-Use Patterns: Multitasking and Well-Being among Mothers and Fathers."
Offer, Shira. "Barriers to Social Support among Low-Income Families."
Offer, Shira. "Towards an Interactional Model of Social Fragmentation among Low-Income Families: Exclusion, Withdrawal and the Principle of Reciprocity Reconsidered."
Offer, Shira and Michal Sabah. “The Rise of Dual-Earner Families among Arab Israelis: Determinants of Married Women’s Labor Force Participation”


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

Immigrant Communities


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.