Chris Knoester, The Ohio State University and Richard J. Petts, Ball State University

Chris Knoester, The Ohio State University and Richard J. Petts, Ball State University

Associate Professor of Sociology, The Ohio State University

As a sociology professor, I teach sociology classes and conduct quantitative social science research. Traditionally, my research has focused on the effects of children on parents’ lives and on the patterns and implications of fathering, specifically. Recently, I have been comprehensively analyzing the patterns and implications of paternity leaves. I created a new National Sports and Society Survey (, a landmark project that focuses on patterns of sports involvement and their links to well-being, and have been transitioning into actively researching sports and society issues– after having restricted my interests in this area to only teaching the sociology of sport, and informally analyzing it, over the past 20+ years.

Professor of Sociology, Ball State University

Richard J. Petts is Professor of Sociology at Ball State University. His research focuses on family inequalities, focusing on parental leave, father involvement, and workplace flexibility as policies and practices that can reduce gender inequality and improve family well-being. He is a member of the International Network on Leave Policies & Research and Co-Editor of the journal Community, Work & Family. He has published over 30 manuscripts in academic journals such as American Sociological Review, Social Forces, and Journal of Marriage and Family, and his work has been featured in numerous media outlets such as The New York Times, CNN, USA Today, and Bloomberg.

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