Heather Fitz Gibbon

Heather Fitz Gibbon

Professor of Sociology and Anthropology

Department/Affiliation: Sociology and Anthropology
Phone: 330-263-2371
Office Address: 007 Kauke


  • A.B., Kenyon College 1981
  • M.A., Northwestern University 1983
  • Ph.D. Northwestern University 1988

Courses Taught

  • SOCI 204: Self and Society
  • SOCI 206: Urban Sociology
  • SOCI 207: Sociology of Gender
  • SOCI 350: Classical Social Theory


With Chuck Hurst and Anne Nurse, Social Inequality: Forms, Causes, and Consequences. 9th ed. Routledge Press, 2016.

"Learning to Mother: The Definition of Motherhood by Participants in a Welfare Reform Parenting Class." The International Journal of Sociology of the Family. Vol. 36, no. 1, Spring, 2010.

"Child Care Across Sectors: A Comparison of the Work of Child Care in Three Settings" in Child Care and Inequality: Re-Thinking Carework for Children and Youth, edited by Francesca Cancian, Demie Kurz, Andrew london, Rebecca Reviere, and Mary Tuominen. Routledge Press. 2002.

Awards and Professional Memberships

  • University Fellowship from Northwestern University
  • Named "Friend of Young Children" by the Wayne County Association for the Education of Young Children
  • Named to Who's Who in American Teachers
  • American Sociological Association
  • Urban Affairs Association

Research Interests

  • Gender Roles and the Family
  • Urban Sociology
  • Childcare
  • Children and Family
  • Women and Work


Professor Fitz Gibbon published research focuses on definitions of motherhood within the welfare system and on child care systems. She has also been an active community based researcher, evaluating anti-poverty and family literacy community programs. She teaches Urban Sociology, Sociology of Gender, Introduction to Sociology, Urban Studies, and Self and Society.