Dr. Donna Bobbitt-Zeher’s research focuses on gender and inequality, how gender inequality changes over time, and the consequences of these changes. She uses both quantitative and qualitative methods in her work, drawing on race/class/gender perspectives. In addition to gender and inequality, her research also looks at societal change and its implications beyond issues of gender. This includes contemporary subjects related to changes in families, such as caregiving for loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease and the implications of the number of siblings for adolescents’ social skills.
At The Ohio State University, her scholarship is focused on three areas of gender inequality: educational inequalities and labor market outcomes, workplace discrimination, and intimate partner violence. Research in educational inequalities examines how broader social changes, particularly changes in women’s education but also workforce participation and family life, affect the gender income gap in the late 20th century. Research on the workplace focuses on the processes of gender and pregnancy-related discrimination. Her work on intimate partner violence looks at the last decades of the 20th century, which reflect the broader societal changes in attitude as states and localities altered laws to address intimate partner violence. Ongoing research considers the consequences of these societal changes.