Dr. Eiko Strader

Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies
Faculty: Full-Time
Phillips Hall 342
Address: Phillips Hall
801 22nd St. NW
Washington, District Of Columbia
United States
Phone: 202-994-0289
Fax: 202-994-6792
[email protected]

Areas of Expertise

  • Inequality
  • Work-family policies
  • Poverty and welfare states
  • Immigration policies
  • Incarceration
  • Military
  • Research methods


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 Economist, The Washington Post, CBS News and National Public Radio.


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


Strader, Eiko, and Joya Misra. Forthcoming. “Poverty and Income Inequality.” in The Cambridge Handbook of Social Problems. (Forthcoming)
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.

Personal Interests

  • Graphic design
  • Listening to music
  • Sewing
  • Cooking (but not baking)


Visiting fellow at the Kahn Liberal Arts Institute, Smith College (12’)
Phi Kappa Phi, 2008

Classes Taught

WGSS3170: Gender and Space
PPPA6006: Policy Analysis

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