Beth A. Latshawf

Beth A. Latshaw, PhD

  • Co-Chair of Department of Sociology
  • Associate Professor

Programs I Teach


  • PhD, Sociology (2010)
    University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (NC)

About Me

I currently teach courses on family, gender, and research methods. I use active-learning strategies and cooperative-learning techniques in the classroom. When I am not teaching or conducting research, I serve as faculty advisor to the undergraduate sociology club. I am also a safe space ally and member of Widener's LGBT task force.

I received my undergraduate degree, with highest honors, in sociology and history, from the College of William & Mary in Virginia. I went on to earn a master's degree and PhD in sociology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. At UNC, I was awarded two undergraduate teaching awards, the Everett K. Wilson Award (from the Department of Sociology) and the Tanner Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching (from the Chancellor's Office).

Research Interests

My research centers on the intersections between family, gender, and work, with a particular focus on fatherhood and men's changing contributions to housework, childcare, and co-parenting. I am also interested in pedagogical scholarship and research on the sociology of food.


  • Latshaw, B.A. and Houser, L. (2015). When dads raise kids in fragile families: A demographic portrait of low-income, primary caregiving fathers. Conference presentation at the Eastern Sociological Society annual meeting.
  • Houser, L., & Latshaw, B.A. (2015). Daddies and day care: The role of employment and childcare characteristics in work-family conflict and parenting stress. Conference Presentation at the Society for Social Work & Research annual meeting.
  • Latshaw, B.A. (2011). Is fatherhood a full-time job? Mixed methods insights into measuring stay-at-home fatherhood. Fathering: A Journal of Theory, Research, and Practice about Men as Fathers, 9(2), 125–149.

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

American Sociological Association (ASA), Eastern Sociological Society (ESS)


  • Provost Grant, Widener University, Funding for research (2014–2015)
  • Faculty Development Grant, Widener University, Funding for research (2014–2015)
  • Interdisciplinary Discussion Group Grant, Widener University, Funding for collaboration (2014)

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