Cynthia Fuchs Epstein is known for her studies of gender, the workplace, and the legal profession. She has also written critical analyses of theories and research on gender inequality. She is currently writing a book on identity and socialization processes among public interest attorneys, and articles on the impact of the economic downturn on the legal profession and the consequences of the Arab Spring for women. She has had grants from the Atlantic Philanthropies, Russell Sage Foundation, Sloan Foundation, Ford Foundation, National Institutes of Mental Health, and Professional Staff Congress of CUNY.
Epstein was honored in 2004 with the American Sociological Association (ASA) Jessie Bernard award for her pioneering work exploring women’s exclusion from the professions, and also received the Merit Award of the Eastern Sociological Society (ESS) and awards from the American Bar Association. She was president of the ESS in 1982 and president of the ASA in 2006. Epstein’s prize-winning Women in Law was recently published in a thirtieth anniversary edition. Among her other books are Fighting for Time: Shifting Boundaries of Work and Social Life (2004), coedited with Arne L. Kalleberg, Deceptive Distinctions: Sex, Gender, and the Social Order (1988), and Woman’s Place: Options and Limits in Professional Careers (1970).
Epstein joined the GC faculty in sociology in 1975; she has been a distinguished professor since 1990. She has also been a visiting professor at both the Columbia and Stanford Schools of Law. She was the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and a fellowship from the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford, and has served on several major U.S. governmental or presidential commissions. She received her B.A. from Antioch College, attended the University of Chicago Law School, earned an M.A. from the New School for Social Research, and received her Ph.D. from Columbia University.