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Departments/ProgramsThe Heller School for Social Policy and Management
DegreesHarvard University, Ph.D.
Harvard University, M.A.
Barnard College, B.A.
ExpertiseWork and family caregiving issues, child and family policy, family-friendly workplace design and benefits, aging population, healthy aging, "aging-friendly" communities, elders and hunger/food insecurity and economic insecurity, social networks, community engagement, civic participation and development of social capital, qualitative research methods
ProfileDr. Ann Bookman is a Senior Research Scientist in the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University. She is a social anthropologist who has authored a number of publications in the areas of work and family issues, child care and elder care, community organizations, community engagement, and public policy. She is the lead author of the Family Caregiver Handbook: Finding Elder Care Resources in Massachusetts (MIT, 2007). Her book, Starting in Our Own Backyards: How working families can build community and survive the new economy (Routledge, 2004), is an ethnography of 40 working families that extends the discourse on work-family balance to include issues of community involvement and civil society.
Dr. Bookman served as Executive Director of the MIT Workplace Center at the Sloan School of Management at MIT from 2001-2008. At the center she led research projects on redesigning our workplaces – with a focus on the healthcare workplace – so that employees can manage their work lives, care for their families, and contribute to their communities. She has held a teaching, research, and administrative positions at Radcliffe College, Wellesley College and the College of the Holy Cross. She has also worked in government as a presidential appointee during the first term of the Clinton administration, serving as Policy and Research Director of the Women's Bureau at the U.S. Department of Labor, and as Executive Director of the bipartisan Commission on Family and Medical Leave. She was the principal author of the Commission’s report to Congress, A Workable Balance (U.S. Department of Labor, 1996).
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Bookman, Ann. "Families and Elder Care in the 21st Century." Future of Children 21. 2 (2011): 117-140.
Bookman, Ann and Paula Johnson, Lotte Bailyn, Mona Harrington. "“Innovation in Out-patient Care: A Collaborative Approach to Redesigning the Healthcare Workplace”." Academic Medicine 86. 2 (2010): 211-216.
Bookman, Ann. "Innovative Models of Aging In Place: Transforming our communities for an aging population." Community, Work and Family 11. 4 (2008): 419-438.
Bookman, Ann and Harrington, Mona. "Family Caregivers: A Shadow Workforce in the Geriatric Health Care System?." Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law 32. 6 (2007): 1005-1041.
Bookman, Ann. Caring for the Caregivers: Report to the Secretary of Elder Affairs on Expanding Supports for Caregivers of Elders.. Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Cambridge: 2007.
Bookman, Ann. Family Caregiver Handbook: Finding Elder Care Resources in Massachusetts.. Massachusett Institute of Technology. Cambridge: 2007.
Bookman, Ann, and Bailyn, Lotte, Harrington, Mona, Kochan, Thomas. "“Work-family Interventions and Experiments: Workplaces, communities, and society,”." The Work and Family Handbook: Multidisciplinary Perspectives and Approaches.. Ed. Marcie Pitt-Catsoupes. Mahwah: Lawrence Earlbaum Associates, 2006
Bookman, Ann. "“Can Employers Be Good Neighbors?: Redesigning the Workplace-Community Interface,”." Work, Family, Health and Well-being. Ed. Suzanne Bianchi and Lynne Casper, editors,. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Earlbaum, 2005
Bookman, Ann. Starting In Our Own Backyards: How working families can build community and survive the new economy. New York: Routledge, 2004.
Bookman, Ann, principal author. A Workable Balance: Report to Congress on Family and Medical Leave Policies. U.S. Department of Labor. Washington, DC: 1996.
Bookman, Ann and Karen Furia. Care Around the Clock: Developing Child Care Resources Before Nine and After Five. Women's Bureau, U.S. Department of Labor. Washington, DC: 1995.
Bookman, Ann. Working Women Count: A Report to the Nation. Women's Bureau, U.S. Department of Labor. Washington, DC: 1994.
Bookman, Ann. ""Parenting Without Poverty: The Case For Funded Parental Leave,"." Parental Leave and Child Care: Setting the Research and Policy Agenda. Ed. Janet Hyde and Marilyn Essex. Philadelpha: Temple University Press, 1991
Bookman, Ann/ Sandra Morgen, Editor. Women and the Politics of Empowerment. Philadelphia: Temple University press, 1988.