Office Hours

Discussions with researchers about their work...and whatever we find in their offices

From Notre Dame Stories, welcome to Office Hours, the show that visits scholars in their workspaces to discuss their research...and whatever else we happen to find there.


“Mom guilt” and the pandemic

For most of us these days, “office hours” take place…almost anywhere but the office. The dining room, bedroom, basement…they’ve all become the places we work, not just where we live.

The pandemic has profoundly altered the work-life balance of Americans, and new research is uncovering how we’re dealing with this shift.

We spoke with Abi Ocobock, who studies family sociology, about the research and some early findings.

Read more here.

A row of houses in South Bend.

Finding the “Just Right Home”

As the real estate market rebounds, more people are thinking about what makes a perfect home. Architecture professor Marianne Cusato is one an industry leader in the home building industry. She’s been named one of the top women in real estate by Fortune Magazine, to list just one of her many accolades. She earned international acclaim for the Katrina cottage, an attractive, well-built home that could be deployed in case of emergency.

In her book, The Just Right Home, Cusato suggests criteria for home buying and community that is at times contrarian to some of today’s popular home buying trends.

Read more about Marianne Cusato here.

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A collage of presidential Barbies and a sign that reads No man is good enough to govern any woman without her consent Susan B. Anthony

Women’s Suffrage and Political Barbies

In the first episode we drop in on political science professor Christina Wolbrecht. She’s co-authored a book titled, “A Century of Votes for Women,” which looks at how women have used their right to vote in the hundred years since the 19th Amendment was passed.

Read more about the book here.

Learn more about Christina Wolbrecht here.