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Katrin Križ

Professor of Sociology


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617-735-9833

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Office Hours

Office: Administration Building, Room 467

Office hours: : Mondays and Wednesdays 2-4 pm (on zoom) and by appointment

Education

Ph.D., M.A., Brandeis University; M.A., Clark University; Mag. phil., University of Vienna, Austria


Bio

Katrin Križ is a Professor of Sociology at Emmanuel College. She enjoys teaching and advising students and working with student researchers. Her pedagogy is collaborative, compassionate, constructive, and inclusive. She teaches SOC1101: Introduction to Sociology, SOC2103: Qualitative Methods, SOC2115: Family and Gender Roles, SOC2127: Class and Inequality, SOC3101: Theories of Society, and CCJ4997/SOC4999: Senior Seminar.

Križ has published articles, chapters, and books on child welfare, welfare, and education policies and practices. Her research is driven by a passion for analyzing how states could create processes and structures so that marginalized children and young people can empower themselves. Deeply concerned about the rise of authoritarianism, her work highlights social structures preventing and fostering educational opportunities, democratization, and participation in decision-making by children and youth, especially those historically targeted for oppression.
 

Other professional highlights:


Courses I Teach

  • SOC1101 Introduction to Sociology
  • SOC1107 Introduction to Anthropology
  • SOC2103 Qualitative Methods
  • SOC2115 Family and Gender Roles
  • SOC2127 Social Class and Inequalty
  • SOC3101 Theories of Society
  • SOC3205 Crimes against Humanity
  • CCJ4997 Seminar in Criminology and Criminal Justice 
  • SOC4999 Seminar in Sociology

Publications & Presentations

Book: Protecting Children, Creating Citizens

Križ, K. (2020). Protecting children, creating citizens: Participatory child protection practice in Norway and the United States. Policy Press.


Book: Child Welfare Systems and Migrant Children

Skivenes, M., Barn, R., Križ, K., & Pösö T., eds. (2015). Child welfare systems and migrant children: A cross-country study of policies and practice. Oxford University Press.


Book manuscripts in preparation:

  • Križ, K. & Petersen, M., eds. (Under contract. Manuscript submitted and under review with Oxford University Press). Children’s participation in child protection: International research and practical applications.
  • Križ, K. & Free, J. (in preparation.) The college reset: Making college work for working students.

Journal articles:
(*denotes student author)

  • Križ, K., Krutzinna, J., Skivenes, M. & Pösö, T. (Forthcoming). The invisible child: A comparative study of newborn removal judgments from a Child Equality Perspective (CEP). The International Journal of Children’s Rights.

  • Free, J., & Križ, K. (2022). The not-so-hidden curriculum: How a public school system in the United States minoritizes migrant students. Excellence and Equity in Education. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10665684.2022.2047409

  • Burns, K., Helland, H., Križ, K., Segado Sánchez-Cabezudo, S., Strömpl, J., & Skivenes, M. (2021). Corporal punishment and reporting to child protection authorities: An empirical study of population attitudes in five European countries. Children & Youth Services Review, 120. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2020.105749

  • Burns, K., Križ, K., Krutzinna, J., Luhamaa, K., Meysen, T., Pösö, T., Segado Sánchez-Cabezudo, S., Skivenes, M., & Thoburn, J. (2019). The hidden proceedings – An analysis of accountability of child protection adoption proceedings in eight European jurisdictions. European Journal of Comparative Law and Governance, 6, 339-371. https://doi.org/10.1163/22134514-00604002

  • Helland, H., Križ, K., Segado Sánchez-Cabezudo, S. & Skivenes, M. (2018). Are there population biases against migrant children? An experimental analysis of attitudes towards corporal punishment in Austria, Norway, and Spain. Children & Youth Services Review, 85, 151-157. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2017.12.012

  • Križ, K., & Roundtree-Swain, D.* (2017). “We are merchandise on a conveyer belt:” How young adults in the public child protection system perceive their participation in decisions about their care. Children & Youth Services Review, 78, 32-40. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2017.05.001

  • Križ, K. & Skivenes, M. (2017). Child welfare workers’ perceptions of children’s participation: A comparative study of England, Norway, and the United States (California). Child & Family Social Work, 22(S2), 11-22. https://doi.org/10.1111/cfs.12224

  • Free, J. & Križ, K. (2016). “They know there is hope:” How migrant educators support migrant students and their families in navigating the public school system. Children & Youth Services Review, 69, 184-192. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2016.08.003

  • Slayter, E., & Križ, K. (2015). “A lot of my families are scared and won’t reach out:” Fear factors and their effects on child protection practice with undocumented immigrant families. Journal of Public Child Welfare, 9(3), 299-321. https://doi.org/10.1080/15548732.2015.1044765

  • Križ, K. & Skivenes, M. (2015). Challenges for marginalized minority parents in different welfare systems: Child protection workers’ perspectives. International Social Work, 58(1), 75-87. https://doi.org/10.1177/0020872812456052

  • Sykes, J., Križ, K., Edin, K, & Halpern-Meekin, S. (2015). Dignity and dreams: What the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) means to low-income families. American Sociological Review, 80(2), 243-267. https://doi.org/10.1177%2F0003122414551552

  • Free, J., Križ, K., & Konecnik, J.* (2014). Harvesting hardships: Educators’ views on the challenges of migrant students and their consequences on education. Children & Youth Services Review, 47(3), 187-197. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2014.08.013

  • Križ, K., & Skivenes, M. (2014). Street-level policy aims of child welfare workers in England, Norway, and the United States: An exploratory study. Children & Youth Services Review, 40, 71-78. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2014.02.014

  • Bueker, C. & Križ, K. (2014). Domestic public policy and transnational ties: Immigrants’ transnational allocations of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). Journal of International Migration and Integration, 15, 695-714. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12134-013-0289-1

  • Križ, K., & Skivenes, M. (2013). Systemic differences in views on risk: A comparative case vignette study of risk assessment in England, Norway, and the United States (California). Children & Youth Services Review, 34(1), 1862-1870. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2013.09.001

  • Križ, K., & Skivenes, M. (2012). Child-centric or family focused? A study of child welfare workers’ perceptions of ethnic minority children in England and Norway. Child & Family Social Work, 17(4), 448-457. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2206.2011.00802.x

  • Križ, K., & Skivenes, M. (2012). How child welfare workers view their work with undocumented immigrant families: An explorative study of challenges and coping strategies. Children & Youth Services Review, 34(4), 790-797. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2012.01.004

  • Križ, K., Slayter, S., Iannicelli, A.* & Lourie, J.* (2012). Fear management: How child protection workers engage with non-citizen immigrant families. Children & Youth Services Review, 34(1), 316-323. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2011.11.001

  • Mendenhall, R., Edin, K., Crowley, S., Sykes, J., Tach, L., Križ, K. & Kling, J. (2012). The role of Earned Income Tax Credit in the budgets of low-income families. Social Service Review, 86(3), 367-400. https://doi.org/10.1086/667972

  • Križ, K., & Skivenes, M. (2011). How child welfare workers view their work with racial and ethnic minority families: The United States in contrast to England and Norway. Children & Youth Services Review, 33, 1866-1874. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2011.05.005

  • Križ, K., & Skivenes, M. (2010). “Knowing our society” and “fighting against prejudices:” How child welfare workers in Norway and England perceive the challenges of minority parents. British Journal of Social Work, 40(8), 2634-2651. https://doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/bcq026

  • Križ, K., & Skivenes, M. (2010). “We have very different positions on some issues:” How child welfare workers in Norway and England bridge cultural differences when communicating with ethnic minority families. European Journal of Social Work, 13(1), 3-18. https://doi.org/10.1080/13691450903135626

  • Križ, K., & Skivenes M. (2010). Lost in translation: How child welfare workers in Norway and England experience language difficulties when working with minority ethnic families. British Journal of Social Work, 40(5), 1353-1367. https://doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/bcp036

  • Križ, K. (2005). How grandmothers become “second moms”: Family policies and grandmothering in Britain, Germany, and Sweden. Journal of the Association for Research on Mothering, 7, 49-62.

Book Chapters and other writings:

  • Helland, H. S., Križ, K., & Skivenes, M. (Forthcoming). Gauging the child’s presence and voice in adoption proceedings of children from care in seven European countries: Applying a Child Equality Perspective. In N. Lowe QC (Hon) & C. Fenton-Glynn (Eds.), Research handbook on adoption. An Edward Elgar Research Handbook in Family Law Series.

  • Križ, K., Krutzinna, J. & Pantuček-Eisenbacher, P. (Forthcoming). Child protection in Austria. In J. D. Berrick, N. Gilbert, & M. Skivenes (Eds.), International handbook of child protection systems. Oxford University Press.

  • Križ, K. (2021). Saving democracy. What can child welfare research teach us about saving democracy? Blog post, available at https://discretion.uib.no/saving-democracy/

  • Krutzinna, J. & Križ, K. (2021). Child protection adoptions in Austria. In T. Pösö, J. Thoburn, & M. Skivenes (Eds.), Adoption from care. International perspectives on children’s rights, family preservation and state intervention (pp. 87-102). Policy Press.

  • Križ, K., & Pösö, T. (2017). A call for global child protection thinking and acting. IAYFJM (International Association for Youth and Family Judges and Magistrates) Chronicle 1, 19-24. http://www.aimjf.org/en/chronicle/?year-2017

  • Križ, K., Free, J., & Kuehl, G.* (2017). How children are removed from home in the United States. In K. Burns, T. Pösö, & M. Skivenes (Eds.), Child welfare removals by the state: A cross-country analysis of decision-making systems. Oxford University Press. DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190459567.003.0009

  • Earner, I., & Križ, K. (2015). The United States: Child protection in the context of competing policy mandates. In R. Barn, K. Križ, K., T. Pösö, & M. Skivenes (Eds.). Child welfare systems and migrant children (pp. 157-179). Oxford University Press.

  • Barn, R., Križ, K., Pösö, T., & Skivenes, M. (2015). Introduction. R. Barn, K. Križ, K., T. Pösö, & M. Skivenes (Eds.). Child welfare systems and migrant children (pp. 1-16). Oxford University Press.

  • Barn, R., Križ, K., Pösö, T., & Skivenes, M. (2015). Concluding remarks. R. Barn, K. Križ, K., T. Pösö, & M. Skivenes (Eds.). Child welfare systems and migrant children (pp. 263-280). Oxford University Press.

  • Križ, K. & Manandhar, U. (2011). Tug of war: The gender dynamics of parenting in a bi/transnational Family, in M. Friedman & S. Schultermandl. Growing up transnational: Identity and kinship in a global era (pp. 222-232). Toronto University Press.

  • Križ, K. (2011). Why sociologists should study the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). A blog post for This week in Sociology: Connecting your classroom to the world, edited by C. Dolgon.

  • Križ, K. (2010). Review of Creating an opportunity society. Journal of Children and Poverty, 16 (2), 161-162. 

  • Mendenhall, R., Edin, K., Crowley, S., Sykes, J., Tach, L., Križ, K., & Kling, J. (2010). The role of Earned Income Tax Credit in the budgets of low-income families. The Working Paper Series of the National Poverty Center at the University of Michigan.

  • Križ, K. (2009). The past, present, and future meet: Reflections of a new faculty member on the value of teaching at Emmanuel College. Emmanuel College Fall 2009 Magazine.

  • Križ, K. (2009). A study on immigrants reveals strong networks of support. Emmanuel College Spring 2009 Magazine.

  • Kelleher, C., & Križ, K. (2000). Further readings (1988-1998). In D. Cornell (Ed.). Feminism and pornography (pp. 653-656). Oxford University Press.

Writing in preparation:

  • Jensen Petersen, F., Križ, K., & Skivenes, M. (In preparation). Report for the PARTICIPATION project: Mapping Practice. Centre for Research on Discretion and Paternalism, University of Bergen, Norway.

  • Križ, K., Krutzinna, J., Pösö, T, & Skivenes, M. (in preparation). The Child Equality Perspective: A tool to evaluate children’s rights in public decision-making.

  • Chapters in the edited book on Children’s participation in child protection (under review):

  • Križ, K., & Petersen, M. Introduction.

  • Križ, K., & Petersen, M. Conclusion.

  • Canfield*, M., Gaudette*, J., Frushell*, E., & Križ, K. Age and children’s participation in child protection practice in the United States.

  • Research buyout through the Norwegian Research Council-funded research project CHILDPRO, 2010-2014/2015 and Fall 2017
  • Norwegian Research Council Leiv Eiricsson mobility fellowship, 2009-2010
  • Mellon-Sawyer Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Virginia, 2003
  • Dissertation Year Fellowship, Brandeis University, 2001-2002
  • Swedish Institute Research Grant, 2000-2001
  • International Federation of University Women Vibert Douglas International Fellowship, 2000-2001
  • University of Heidlberg Exchange Scholarship, 1999-2000
  • Project Grants, the Center for German and European Studies, Brandeis University, 1999-2000
  • Teaching Excellence Award, Department of Sociology, Brandeis University, 1999
  • Sachar Fund Project Grant, 1998
  • Fulbright Scholarship, Clark University, 1993-1995

Research Focus

Križ has published articles, chapters, and books on child welfare, welfare, and education policies and practices. Her research is driven by a passion for analyzing how states, through public policies and the street-level bureaucrats implementing them, could create processes and structures so that marginalized children and young people can empower themselves. Deeply concerned about the rise of authoritarianism, her work highlights social structures preventing and fostering educational opportunities, democratization, and participation in decision-making by children and youth, especially those historically targeted for oppression.

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