Nancy L. Marshall

Senior Research Scientist and Associate Director

Ed.D., Harvard University
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Researches women and employment -- with a focus on work-family systems and the relation between working conditions and health -- as well as child care policy and early childhood care and education

Nancy L. Marshall, Ed.D., is a senior research scientist and an associate director of the Wellesley Centers for Women (WCW) as well as an adjunct associate professor at Wellesley College, where she teaches courses on gender, employment, and the sociology of children and youth. Marshall leads the Work, Families, & Children Research Group at WCW, which brings together research on employment, work and family issues, and child care as a support for working families.


Marshall received her B.A. in Child Development in Society from Oberlin College, her M.A. in Child Development and Family Relations from the University of Connecticut and her Ed.D. in Comparative Human Development from Harvard University.

Funding Sources

Marshall’s research has been supported by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the Administration for Children, Youth and Families, the National Institute on Occupational Safety and Health, and the National Institute on Aging, as well as state government, private foundations, and non-profit organizations.

Selected Publications

Marshall is co-editor of Working Families: the Transformation of the American Home and author of numerous peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, including: “Employment and women's health,” in Women's Health Psychology; “Health and illness issues facing an aging workforce in the new millennium,” in Sociological Spectrum; “The quality of early child care and children’s development,” in Current Directions in Psychological Science; and “Gender equity in early childhood education,” in NAEYC’s A World of Difference: Readings on Teaching Young Children in a Diverse Society. Marshall is also a co-author of over 50 publications of the NICHD Early Child Care Research Network.

Marshall’s reports on early care and education in Massachusetts, including "Preparing the Early Care and Education Workforce: The Capacity of Massachusetts’ Institutions of Higher Education," "The Cost and Quality of Full-Day Year-Round Early Care and Education in Massachusetts: Infant and Toddler Classrooms," and other Cost/Quality reports, are available from the Wellesley Centers for Women.


Marshall is involved in a variety of professional activities, including serving as chair of the Wellesley College Institutional Review Board, Council Member of the Section on Children and Youth of the American Sociological Association (2003-2005, 2007-2009), peer reviewer for numerous journals and research conferences, expert witness in the 2004 Hancock v. Driscoll education reform case before the Massachusetts Superior Court, and member of the Governor’s Commission on School Readiness (2001).