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.
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,
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.