Dr. Rudd is an experienced evaluator of innovative doctoral education programs funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation to promote interdisciplinary research. She is currently evaluating a new Ph.D. program that brings together lab scientists, ecologists, and engineers and builds the capacity of American Indian tribes to establish renewable energy systems.
As a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for the Ethnography of Everyday Life at the University of Michigan, Dr. Rudd studied maternity and family leave among women engineers and factory workers. Publications stemming from this work include Changing Landscapes of Work and Family in the American Middle Class: Reports from the Field (2008). Her essay “Family Leave: A Policy Concept Made in America,” in M. Pitt-Catsouphes and E. Kossek (Eds.) Work-Family Encyclopedia, is available online. See more
Dr. Rudd’s Ph.D. thesis (U.C. Berkeley, 1999) investigated changing problems of work and family in former East Germany. It was based on qualitative fieldwork in Germany and in-depth interviews with more than 80 individuals. This work was published in Ethnos and Gender & Society.