Alejandra Ros Pilarz

Credentials: PhD, School of Social Service Administration, University of Chicago, 2015; MA, School of Social Service Administration, University of Chicago, 2010; BA, Psychology, University of Notre Dame, 2006

Position title: Assistant Professor


Phone: (608) 265-8269

307 School of Social Work

Curriculum Vitae
Dr. Alejandra Ros Pilarz in front of a tree

Alejandra Ros Pilarz’s research agenda aims to improve the wellbeing of working families with low-incomes through policy-relevant research. Her research examines the effects of parental employment and children’s early care and education (ECE) contexts on family wellbeing and children’s development. She also examines how child and family policies—including ECE policies, work-family policies, and income support policies—shape parents’ employment, children’s ECE contexts, and ultimately, influence child and family wellbeing. Dr. Pilarz uses a range of quantitative methods and primarily relies on large-scale, longitudinal administrative and survey data; she is also experienced in mixed methods research and primary data collection.

Dr. Pilarz’s current research projects focus on examining: (1) changing trends in mothers’ work hours and schedules and their effects on children’s ECE arrangements, mothers’ time with their children, and child health and development; (2) the effects of state workplace pregnancy accommodation laws on mothers’ employment and maternal and infant health; (3) the associations between child support regularity and single mothers’ employment and economic wellbeing; (4) the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on single mothers’ economic wellbeing; and (5) declines in regulated child care supply and child care subsidy use in Wisconsin. This research is funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the Office of Research Planning and Evaluation at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families, the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families, and the Russell Sage Foundation.