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Ellen Scott

Professor and Department Head

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WGS Office 315A Hendricks – (541) 346-5953
SOC Office 731 PLC – (541) 346-5075
Fall Office Hours Monday 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. in PLC 731Wednesday 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. in Hendricks 315A

and by appointment

Affiliations Sociology

Research & Interests


  • Intersections of gender, race, class and sexualities
  • Poverty, low-wage labor, and family life
  • Welfare reform
  • Feminist organizations and social movements
  • Qualitative methods

Teaching Areas

  • Social inequality
  • Gender
  • Feminist Theory
  • Race and ethnicity
  • Welfare policy
  • Qualitative methods


  • Forthcoming: Ellen K. Scott and Miriam J. Abelson. Understanding the Relationship between Instability in Child Care and Instability in Employment for Families with Subsidized Care. Journal of Family Issues.
  • 2013 Ellen K. Scott and Ann Shirley Leymon. Making ends meet during the great recession: How child care subsidies matter to low-wage workers. Journal of Poverty 17:63-85.
  • 2012 Deana Grobe, Bobbie Weber, Elizabeth Davis, and Ellen Scott. Struggling to Pay the Bills: Financial Stress and Child Care Subsidies. Contemporary Perspectives on Family Research 6:93-121.
  • 2011 Colleen Heflin, Andrew S. London, and Ellen K. Scott. Mitigating Material Hardship: The Strategies Low-Income Families Employ to Reduce the Consequences of Poverty.Sociological Inquiry. 81(2):223-246.
  • 2010 Ellen K. Scott. ” “I feel as if I am the one who is disabled”: the emotional impact of the changed employment trajectories of mothers caring for children with disabilities.” Gender & Society 24(5):672-696
  • 2008 Ellen K. Scott and Andrew S. London. Women’s Lives, Welfare’s Time Limits.Majorie DeVault, editor. Embodied Workers in the New Economy. New York: New York University Press.
  • 2007 Ellen K. Scott, Andrew S. London, and Glenda Gross ” ‘I Try Not to Depend on Anyone But Me’: Welfare Reliant Women’s Perspectives on Self-Sufficiency, Work, and Marriage.” Sociological Inquiry 77(4):601-625.
  • 2007 Andrew S. London, Saul Schwartz, and Ellen K. Scott. “Combining the Quantitative and Qualitative Data in Welfare Policy Evaluations in the United States.” World Development 35(2)342-353.
  • 2007 Ellen K. Scott “Conflicts Between Wage Work and Care Work: How single-parent families of children with disabilities manage to juggle competing demands.” Pp. 120-135 Barbara Arrighi and David Maume, editors. Child Poverty in America Today. Westport, CT: Praeger/Greenwood Press.
  • 2005 Ellen K. Scott. Beyond Tokenism: the Making of Racially Diverse Organizations. Social Problems.
  • 2005 Ellen K. Scott, Andrew S. London, and Allison Hurst. “Instability in Patchworks of Child Care When Moving From Welfare to Work.” Journal of Marriage and the Family.
  • 2005 Pamela Morris, Ellen K. Scott, and Andrew S. London. “Effects on Children as Parents Transition from Welfare to Employment: Integrating Quantitative and Qualitative Research”. In Jill Duerr Berrick and Bruce Fuller, eds., Good Parents or Good Workers? How Policy Shapes Families Daily Lives. New York: Palgrave Macmillan Press.
  • 2004 Andrew S. London, Ellen K. Scott, Kathryn Edin, and Vicki Hunter. “Welfare Reform, Work-Family Tradeoffs, and Child Well-Being.” Family Relations 53:148-158.
  • 2004 Ellen K. Scott, Kathryn Edin, Andrew S. London, and Rebecca Joyce Kissane. “Unstable work, unstable income: Implications for Family Well-being in the Era of Time-limited Welfare.” Journal of Poverty. 8(1):61-88
  • 2002 Ellen K. Scott, Andrew S. London, and Nancy A. Myers. “Dangerous Dependencies: The Intersection of Welfare Reform and Domestic Violence.” Gender & Society. 16(6):878-897
  • 2002 Andrew S. London, Ellen K. Scott, and Vicki Hunter. “Children and Chronic Health Conditions: Welfare Reform and Health-Related Carework” Pp. 99-112 in Francesca Cancian, Demie Kurz, Andrew London, Rebecca Reviere, and Mary Tuominen (Editors),Child Care and Inequality: Re-thinking Carework for Children and Youth. New York: Routledge Press.
  • 2002 Ellen K. Scott, Andrew S. London, and Nancy Myers. “Living With Violence: Women’s Reliance on Abusive Men in their Transitions from Welfare to Work. ” Pp. 302-316 in Naomi Gerstel, Dan Clawson, and Robert Zussman (Editors), Families At Work. Expanding the Bounds. Nashville, TN: Vanderbilt University Press.
  • 2001 Ellen K. Scott, Kathryn Edin, Andrew London and Joan Mazelis. “My Children Come First: Welfare-Reliant Women’s Post-TANF Views of Work-Family Tradeoffs and Marriage.” Pp. 132-153 in Greg J. Duncan and P. Lindsay Chase-Lansdale (Editors), For Better and For Worse: Welfare Reform and the Well-Being of Children and Families. New York, NY: Russell Sage Press. Abstracted in Poverty Research News, Vol. 4 (4, July 2000).
  • 2001 Ellen K. Scott. “From Race Cognizance to Racism Cognizance: dilemmas in anti-racist activism.” Pp. 132-153 in Kathleen Blee and France Winddance Twine (Editors),Feminism and Anti-Racism: International Struggles for Justice. New York, NY: New York University Press.
  • 2000 Ellen K. Scott, Andrew S. London, and Kathryn Edin. “Looking to the Future: Welfare Reliant Women Talk About Their Job Aspirations in the Context of Welfare Reform.” Journal of Social Issues 56 (4:727-746).
  • 2000 Ellen K. Scott. “Everyone Against Racism: agency and the production of meaning in the anti-racism practices of two feminist organizations.” Theory and Society 29 (6:785-818).
  • 1998 Ellen K. Scott. “Creating Partnerships for Change: alliances and betrayals in the racial politics of two feminist organizations.” Gender & Society 12(4:400-423).


Professor Scott received her B.A. from Williams College in 1982. She received an M.A. in Political Science from the New School for Social Research in 1990, and a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California at Davis in 1997. She taught for four years at Kent State University, and joined the faculty at the University of Oregon in 2001.