Catherine R. Albiston

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Professor of Law and Sociology
Research Interests: 
gender, law and social change, law and society, social movements, employment discrimination, work/family policy, legal profession, public interest law
2240 Piedmont Ave, first floor
(510) 642-0493

Catherine (KT) Albiston is Professor of Law and Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley.  She received her B.A. and M.A. from Stanford University and her J.D. and Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.  Her research focuses on the relationship between law and social change, especially how social institutions interact with law to affect broader systems of power and inequality.  Her current empirical research addresses rights mobilization and family and medical leave, workplace bias against mothers and caretakers, and the role of public interest law organizations in democracy and civil society.  Her book, Institutional Inequality and the Mobilization of the Family and Medical Leave Act:  Rights on Leave, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2010.  She is active in the Law and Society Association, American Sociological Association, and the newly formed Work and Family Researchers Network.  Before joining the Berkeley faculty, she was an attorney at the Legal Aid Society of San Francisco representing low wage workers in employment cases, and then joined the faculty at the University of Wisconsin Law School where she also held affiliate appointments in Sociology and Women’s Studies.