WASHINGTON, D.C. June 25 – The Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) is proud to announce that Dr.

Robert Drago joined the staff as Director of Research in June. Dr. Drago recently served as Senior Economist at the Joint

Economic Committee of Congress and Professor of Labor Studies and Women’s Studies at The Pennsylvania State

University. He was previously a Professor of Economics at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where he served as

Director of the Masters in Human Resources and Labor Relations Program. Dr. Drago earned his doctorate in Economics

at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst in 1983 and specializes in policy and research on work/family issues,

including paid sick days. Dr. Drago’s recent books include Unlevel Playing Fields: Understanding Wage Inequality and

Discrimination, and Striking a Balance: Work, Family, Life. Recent among his more than 100 scholarly articles include

“The Parenting of Infants: A Time-Use Study,” and “Work-Family Policies and the Avoidance of Bias Against


“I am thrilled to welcome Dr. Drago to IWPR,” said Heidi Hartmann, Ph.D., President of IWPR. “His expertise as a labor

economist, leadership within the work/life field, and dedication to gender equality will make him an invaluable asset to

our organization, and I look forward to collaborating with him as he leads our research team forward to new and exciting


Barbara Gault, Ph.D., IWPR’s previous Director of Research, became IWPR’s Executive Director in April, 2009. In this

capacity, Dr. Gault oversees the Institute’s daily operations, while Heidi Hartmann, Ph.D., continues to serve as President,

providing strategic direction and focusing on the organization’s external relations. Both Dr. Gault and Dr. Hartmann

remain active in key research initiatives and in developing new projects.

“Dr. Gault’s policy research acumen and management skills have been critical to IWPR’s organizational development and

to the growth of our programs across a number of key research areas, including postsecondary education and training, job

quality, and early care and education,” said Dr. Hartmann. “We are proud to have her leadership as we forge a strong

future for IWPR by building its internal structure, its programs, and its partnerships.”

Prior to joining IWPR in 1997, Dr. Gault conducted research at the Office of Children’s Health Policy Research at Albert

Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia and served as a staff and board member of organizations promoting human rights

in Latin America. She received her doctorate in Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania and graduated with high

distinction from the University of Michigan.

IWPR welcomes the new capabilities and opportunities that these staff changes bring to the organization.


The Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) conducts rigorous research and disseminates its findings to address the needs of

women, promote public dialogue, and strengthen families, communities, and societies. The Institute works with policymakers,

scholars, and public interest groups to design, execute, and disseminate research that illuminates economic and social policy issues

affecting women and their families, and to build a network of individuals and organizations that conduct and use women-oriented

policy research. IWPR’s work is supported by foundation grants, government grants and contracts, donations from individuals, and

contributions from organizations and corporations. IWPR is a 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt organization that also works in affiliation with

the women’s studies and public policy programs at The George Washington University. For more information, visit www.iwpr.org or

call 202/785-5100.