Ann Shola Orloff
Professor of Sociology
Board of Lady Managers of the
Columbian Exposition Chair
1808 Chicago Avenue,
Phone: (847) 491-3719
Office Hours: Thursday 2:00-3:00 PM or By Appointment
Areas of Interest
Gender and Social Inequalities
Gender Studies Program
Historical & Comparative Workshop
Research Committee on Poverty
Social Welfare and Social Policy RC19
Roberta Buffett Center for International and
Social Science History Association
Ann Orloff is Professor of Sociology, Political Science, and Board of Lady Managers of the Columbian Exposition Chair at Northwestern University. She received her Ph.D. from Princeton University in 1985, and her B.A. from Harvard University in 1975.
Orloff's areas of interest include political sociology, social policy, sociology of gender, historical and comparative sociology, and social and feminist theory. Her research focuses on gendered social policies and feminist politics in the developed world.
Orloff is, most recently, the co-editor of Remaking Modernity: Politics, History and Sociology (with Julia Adams and Elisabeth Clemens; Duke, 2005) and the author of States, Markets, Families: Gender, Liberalism and Social Policy in Australia, Canada, Great Britain and the United States (with Julia O'Connor and Sheila Shaver; Cambridge, 1999). She is at work on a manuscript, Farewell to Maternalism? State Policies, Feminist Politics and Mothers’ Employment, that examines shifts in the gendered logics of welfare and employment policies in the U.S. and other capitalist democracies and the implications of those shifts for feminism.
Orloff continues to co-edit the journal she helped to found, Social Politics: International Studies in Gender, State and Society. Orloff has held visiting positions at the European University Institute (Florence, Italy), Sciences Po (Paris), and the Australian National University; she was a Visiting Scholar at the Russell Sage Foundation and has been the recipient of several fellowships, including from the German Marshall Fund, ACLS and AAUW.
At Northwestern, in addition to Gender Studies, she works with the cluster in Historical and Comparative Social Science.
Remaking Modernity: Politics, History, and Sociology (with Julia Adams and Elisabeth Clemens), Duke University Press 2005. Subject of review symposium in International Journal of Comparative Sociology.
States, Markets, Families: Gender, Liberalism and Social Policy in Australia, Canada, Great Britain, and the United States ( with Julia O'Connor and Sheila Shaver) Cambridge University Press 1999.
The Politics of Pensions: A Comparative Analysis of Britain, Canada and the United States, 1880s-1940. University of Wisconsin Press 1993.
The Politics of Social Policy in the United States (with Margaret Weir and Theda Skocpol) Princeton University Press, 1988.
Articles and Book Chapters
In The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Welfare States, ed. S. Liebfried et al. 252-264. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2010.
The Power of Gender Perspectives: Feminist Influence on Policy Paradigms, Social Science, and Social Politics (with B. Palier), Social Politics 16:405-412 2009.
Orloff, A.S. 2009. Gendering the Comparative Analysis of Welfare States: An Unfinished Agenda. In Sociological Theory 27(2009):317-343.
“Time and Tide...:” Rejoinder to Abbott, Charrad, Goldstone, Mahoney, Riley, Roy, Sewell, Wingrove and Zerilli (with J. Adams and E. S. Clemens), International Journal of Comparative Sociology 47:419-31, 2006.
From Maternalism to “employment for all:” State policies to promote women’s employment across the affluent democracies. In The State after Statism, ed. J. Levy, 230-68. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2006. Available online as an IPR working paper.
Need Expert Advice?
Our faculty advisers can help you select Sociology courses, even if Sociology isn't your major or minor.
Attn: Majors & Minors
The Sociology Department wants to know how you like to receive information. Please complete our short survey by clicking here.
Colloquium: Kate Kellogg, Sloan School of Business, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
May 23, 2013 • 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Colloquium: Vilma Ortiz, University of California, Los Angeles
May 30, 2013 • 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM