Francine Deutsch

Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Education
The social psychology of gender in everyday life; gender equity at home and in the labor market; the educational trajectories of preschool teachers

Social psychologist Francine Deutsch's research focuses on issues of gender justice. From gender equality and the division of domestic labor in the contemporary American family to the status of child care workers, Deutsch analyzes how gender shapes people's lives. She is particularly interested in the resistance to gendered norms, and how, by undoing gender, couples can create equally-sharing families. Deutsch is currently collecting case studies from around the world of couples who have successfully achieved equality at home.

Deutsch's book, Halving It All: How Equally Shared Parenting Works(Harvard University Press, 1999), received widespread publicity, including coverage on NPR's Morning Edition and a mention on Oprah.

The author of more than 40 published articles, Deutsch has also studied male responses to female competence, friendship and the development of self-schemas, double standards and aging, information-seeking and maternal self-definition during the transition to motherhood, aspects of friendship among females, and the dynamics of the only child family in contemporary China. Journals publishing her works include Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, Journal of Family Issues, Journal of Comparative Family Studies, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Sex Roles, and the Psychology of Women Quarterly.

Prior to joining the Mount Holyoke faculty, Deutsch taught at Vassar and Bates Colleges, LaGuardia Community College, and St. Lawrence University. In addition, Deutsch has held four research positions, including one as senior research associate at New York University, where she studied women during pregnancy and after the birth of their first child.

Courses Taught

  • Statistics
  • Social Psychology
  • Psychology of Women
  • Research Methods in Social Psychology
  • Seminar: Gender and Domestic Labor

News Links:

  • "MHC's Deutsch Speaks on Domestic Inequality," Forbes, August 26, 2009
  • "MHC's Deutsch on Dividing the Chores," San Antonio Express,November 4, 2008
  • "Deutsch Featured in Times Mag, Others," Office of Communications, June 27, 2008
  • "When Mom and Dad Share It All," The New York Times, June 15, 2008 
  • "Fran Deutsch on Work and Family,"  Wall Street Journal,  March 1, 2007
  • "Francine M. Deutsch: Exploring Parenthood and Exploding Myths," Vista, spring 2000
  • "Francine Deutsch Book Halving It All Explores Couples Who Make Equally Shared Parenting a Reality," College Street Journal, March 26, 1999
  • "Deutsch Discusses Equal Parenting with Globe"  Globe, May 8, 2011

Recent Publications

Deutsch, F. M. & Yao, B. (2014) "Gender differences in faculty attrition in the USA". Community, Work, and Family, 17(4).

Deutsch, F. M. & Riffin, C. A. (2013) "From teachers to students: What influences early childhood educators to pursue higher education". Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, 34(3),211-230.

Deutsch, F. M. & Tong, T. L. (2011). "The role of child care center directors in preschool teachers’ and teacher’s aides’ return to school". Mentoring and Tutoring, 19, 157-177.

Deutsch, F. M. (2009). Egalitarian relationships. In H. Reis & S. Sprecher, Encyclopedia of Human Relationships (pp.482-483)Sage.