Paula England is Professor of Sociology at New York University. Her early research focused on occupational sex segregation and the gender pay gap. She has also written on the effects of motherhood on women’s pay. More recently she has written about sexuality among contemporary college students. She is also exploring why inconsistent use of contraception, unintended pregnancies, and early nonmarital births are more common among less advantaged women. She is the winner of the American Sociological Association’s 1999 Jessie Bernard award for career contributions to scholarship on gender, and of the 2010 Distinguished Career award from the Family section of ASA.