Nancy L. Marshall
Senior Research Scientist and Associate Director
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.
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.
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 co-author on 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.
As a member of the Work, Families and Children Research Group, Marshall has served as Principal Investigator, Co-Principal Investigator or senior advisor on studies of the Cost and Quality of Early Care and Education (ECE) Programs in Massachusetts and Maine; the Capacity of Massachusetts Institutions of Higher Education to Prepare the ECE Workforce; the NICHD Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development; the Massachusetts Child Care Subsidies Study; the Ready Educators Quality Improvement Project; Boston Public Schools Needs Assessments; Boston Quality ECE Inventories; among other ECE policy-related research studies. In addition, Marshall has served as PI or co-PI on studies of Older Workers, Working Conditions and Carework; Working Women’s Postpartum Stress and Health; Working Conditions, Work and Family Balance, and Health.
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).