Descartes, L., & Kottak, C. P. (2009). Media and middle class moms: Images and realities of work and family. New York: Routledge.
Rudd, E., & Descartes, L. (Eds.). (2008). The changing landscape of work and family in the American middle class: Reports from
the field. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.
Descartes, L. (2020). An exploratory study of single and coupled lesbian mothers’ experiences
with social support. Canadian Journal of Family and Youth, 12, 269-287.
Goldman, J. A., & Descartes, L. (2016). Food depictions in picture books for preschool children: Frequency, centrality,
and affect. Appetite, 96, 203-208. doi:10.1016/j.appet.2015.09.018.
Descartes, L., Asencio, M., & Blank, T. (2011). Paying project participants: Dilemmas in conducting
research with poor, marginalized populations. Advances in Social Work, 12(2), 1-9.
England, D., Descartes, L., & Collier-Meek, M. (2011). Gender role portrayal and the Disney princesses. Sex Roles, 64, 555-567. DOI 10.1007/s11199-011-9930-7.
Descartes, L. (2016). Single lesbian mothers. In M. Motapanyane (Ed.), Motherhood and lone/single parenting: A 21st century perspective (pp. 193-204). Bradford, ON: Demeter Press.
Blank, T., Descartes, L., Asencio, M. (2015). Cancer screening in gay and bisexual men and transgender
people. In U. Boehmer & R. Elk (Eds.), Cancer and the LGBT community: Unique perspectives from risk to survivorship (pp. 99-116). New York: Springer.
Blank, T., & Descartes, L. (2018, Nov.). Males caring for males: Are they different from other caregiving
gender dyads? Gerontological Society of America 2018 Annual Scientific Meeting. Boston,
Goldman, J., & Descartes, L., (2018, June). Messages about desirable foods presented in books for young children:
Are we promoting healthy food choices? Administration for Children and Families 2018
National Research Conference on Early Childhood (NRCEC). Washington, D.C.
Goldman, J., & Descartes, L. (2016, Sept.). Cookies or carrots: Food messages presented in media designed
for young children. 2016 “Making sense of: Food, exploring the food experience, the
food project: 5th global meeting,” Mansfield College, Oxford, UK.
Descartes, L. (2016, March). Single lesbian mothers and support: Implications for service and
information providers. Presented at the Rainbow Health Ontario 2016 Conference, London,
Descartes, L. (2015, June). Skype and the ethnographer. Presented at the 32nd Annual Qualitative
Analysis Conference, London, ON.
Descartes, L., & Goldman, J. (2014, July). Food and picture books: Relating two aspects of the everyday environments of young
children. Presented at the 5th International Conference at the Centre for the Study of Childhood
and Youth, Sheffield, UK.
Areas of Teaching
1010A/B – Introduction to Families in Canada
1015A/B – Close Relationships
1020 – Introduction to Family Studies
2200E – Current Issues in Family Studies, Essay Course
2265A/B – Midlife and Elder Years
2300F/G – Understanding Family Research, Essay Course
3325A/B – Diversity and the Canadian Family
4220A/B – Theoretical Perspectives in Family Studies Research
4403 – Practicum in Family Studies
Sexual minority families
Work and family
Awards and Recognition
Dean’s Honour Roll of Teaching, Brescia University College, 2019, 2015, 2011, 2010
Alternate: Fulbright Scholar Program, 2012
University of Michigan Teaching Fellow, 2001
Mellon/Dean’s Fellowship, 1996
Margaret Wray French Scholarship, 1995
University of California Office of the President Fellowship, 1990