Congratulations to Javier García-Manglano – the closing winner in our May iPad giveaway!

Currently, Javier is a Postdoctoral Prize Research Fellow at Nuffield College, University of Oxford. Javier holds a doctorate in Sociology from the University of Maryland, College Park and an MSc in Social Research Methods from LSE. When he is not carrying out research on family demography and dynamics, he spends his time playing football, road cycling, cultivating his photographic skills or immersed in a good book!

What is your favourite feature of colwiz?

Its cross-platform / device capabilities: it syncs across my desktop OS, browsers and mobile devices. This was the feature that convinced me to give colwiz a try!

How does colwiz compare to previous software you have used?

Of the bibliography management tools I’ve used in the past, colwiz is the one that communicates best across devices and platforms. I have an Android smartphone, a Windows laptop and desktop, and now an iOS device – colwiz is the only research management software out there that allows me to consult my references and notes seamlessly across all these devices.

Other features that I have tested, but haven’t yet fully taken advantage of, are its integrated calendar and tasks services.

What are your principal research interests?

Family demography; social policy; women’s employment, wages and fertility; gender distribution of household responsibilities; intergenerational family support; time use patterns within families.

Recent publications:

Kahn, J. R., García-Manglano, J. and Bianchi, S. M. (2014), The Motherhood Penalty at Midlife: Long-Term Effects of Children on Women’s Careers. Journal of Marriage and Family, 76: 56–72.

Kahn, J. R., Goldscheider, F. and García-Manglano, J. (2013), Growing Parental Economic Power in Parent-Adult Child Households: Coresidence and Financial Dependency in the US, 1960-2010. Demography 50: 1449–1475.

What are your plans for the future?

I still have two more years at Nuffield College. After this, I hope to secure a research position involving some teaching.

What do you like and dislike about the research environment?

Likes: Encouragement to explore new ideas and solve difficult puzzles; intellectual stimulation; freedom to investigate any topic one feels curious about.

Dislikes: Sometimes one questions the impact of one’s research; it is easy to create an academic bubble and get comfortable in it, losing connection with the real world and the difficulties ordinary people face. On a more practical level, it involves a lot of independent work, which at times makes me miss more interpersonal interactions.