Francine Deutsch

Francine M. Deutsch is a Professor of Psychology at Mount Holyoke College, the first of the seven sisters colleges to enroll students. She received her BA from Carnegie-Mellon University and her Ph.D. in social psychology from Columbia University, and has been teaching at Mount Holyoke since 1981. Her research focuses on the gendered division of domestic labor. Deutsch’s book, Halving It All: How Equally Shared Parenting Works (Harvard University Press, 1999) explored how couples re-invented parenting by sharing it equally. Her numerous published articles include; “Undoing gender,” “College students’ plans for different types of egalitarian marriage,” “The double standard of praise and criticism for mothers and fathers,” and “How gender counts when couples count their money.” Her current projects include a global study of couples who equally share family work, a longitudinal study of students’ plans for egalitarian marriage, an international study of women’s experiences in academia, and a series of studies exploring the factors that influence whether preschool teachers in the US pursue higher education. She loves to travel and has been trying to learn French for over 50 years.