Michael J. Rosenfeld



Michael J. Rosenfeld
Associate Professor

Department of Sociology
Stanford University

450 Serra Mall

Building 120

Stanford, CA 94305
(650) 723-3958



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Note: This is my homepage, which I maintain myself. The information here is the most up-to-date. The sociology department website also has a profile of me, but the information there is not the most current.

Research Interests:
       I am a social demographer who studies race, ethnicity, and family structure, the family's effect on children, and the history of the family. I am interested in mate selection as a social as well as a personal process. See the description of my book, The Age of Independence, below.

       I am currently working on:
* How Couples Meet and Stay Together, a longitudinal study of social life in the US, funded by the National Science Foundation. The first wave of the study was fielded in 2009. Public data, documentation, and further information is available at the Stanford Library's data distribution website. Links to news coverage about the "How Couples Meet" study is below, under prior media coverage. My first paper from this project, "Searching for a Mate: The Rise of the Internet as a Social Intermediary" was published in the August 2012 issue of the American Sociological Review. The How Couples Meet and Stay Together project has revolutionized our understanding of such topics as how couples meet, the role of technology and the role of family in personal relations, why couples stay together, and whether same-sex married couples stay together as long as heterosexual married couples do.

Links to:    
My research, published papers and working papers My CV My Google Scholar Profile
Press Coverage of my research Home page of the How Couples Meet and Stay Together Project  
Links to my classes: Soc 46N, Race and Ethnic Identities Soc 149, Urban Underclass
Soc 155, Changing American Family Soc 180B, Intro to Data Analysis (undergrad) Soc 323, Sociology of the Family (grad)
Soc 381, Intro to Data Analysis (grad) Soc 388, Loglinear Models  
Other links: Materials from the DeBoer v Snyder trial Marriage and family judicial decisions


Selected Scholarly Publications (PDF format):

o M. J. Rosenfeld. 2007. THE AGE OF INDEPENDENCE: Interracial Unions, Same-Sex Unions and the Changing American Family. Harvard University Press. Available (in paperback) now from Amazon.com. You can also find the book, along with a selection from the text and the index, at the Harvard University Press website.

     The Age of Independence is a book which offers a new theory of family trends and social change in the US. The argument revolves around the independent life stage, a life stage which has emerged since 1960. Young adults experience