Julia Henly

Associate Professor, SSA, University of Chicago



Julia Henly’s research focuses on low-wage employment, child care and public policy with particular attention to how families use both formal policies and informal supports to manage work and caregiving responsibilities. She is a faculty affiliate of the Center for Human Potential and Public Policy, University of Chicago and a research affiliate of the National Poverty Center at the University of Michigan. Henly is also the Principal Investigator of a child care partnership (together with co-PIs Amy Claessens, University of Chicago and Ajay Chaudry, Urban Institute) with the states of Illinois and New York on a project examining employment and program determinants of child care subsidy stability and child care arrangement continuity, funded by USDHHS Administration for Children and Families. Henly is also a Co-Principal Investigator (with S. Lambert) of the Work Scheduling Study (WSS), a study of scheduling practices in the retail industry and their implications for firm and employee outcomes. In addition, Henly has investigated parental child care decision-making and child care search strategies, the demands that parents’ jobs place on child care providers and the responses of providers to irregular and unpredictable parental work schedules. Henly’s work has appeared in several peer-reviewed journals, such as Journal of Urban Affairs, Journal of Marriage and Family, Early Childhood Research Quarterly, Social Work Research, Children and Youth Services Review, and Journal of Social Issues, as well as several edited book volumes.