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The BGSU Department of Sociology's research, disseminated as working papers, publications, and presentations, often garners media attention. Additionally, faculty, students, and staff participate in conferences, workshops, and seminars across the country, sharing policy-relevant research on American families with practitioners, fellow researchers, and policymakers.

Protective factor of high education is not as great in late-life divorces
Brown and Lin find ...the divorce rates of college graduates over 50 are almost as high as those of high school graduates.
Williams makes extraordinary contributions to Department of Sociology

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One advantage of the program here is the faculty are definitely available to students, Williams said. (Pictured: Dr. Susan L. Brown and Seth Williams)
As you have probably heard, gray divorce is a thing
BGSU Sociology Professor Susan L. Brown speaks with The New York Times about The Gray Divorce Revolution and retirement plans
...you have to be careful to get the best settlement you can. Having a really good attorney and fighting for your fair share is one solution.
BGSU Sociology Professor Kei Nomaguchi finds growing number of dads want to be more physically & emotionally involved in their children's lives
Stykes, Manning, Brown published paper receives Editor's Choice designation by Demographic Research
Doctoral student Bart Stykes and Professors Wendy D. Manning and Susan L. Brown's paper, Nonresident Fathers and Formal Child Support: Evidence from the CPS, NSFG, and SIPP, has been selected as "one of the very best" published papers in Volume 29 of Demographic Research.

 

Alvira-Hammond Receives 2014 Adamchak Award
Congratulations to BGSU doctoral student Marta Alvira-Hammond who has earned the 2014 Adamchak Award. Alvira-Hammond was recognized for her outstanding research paper, Fertility Differentials Across Race-Ethnicity and Generational Status: Incorporating Non-Hispanic Immigrants. Established by Donald and Susan Adamchak (both BGSU graduate degree recipients in sociology), this award recognizes a graduate student's research excellence in demography.

 

BGSU sociologists Susan L. Brown and I-Fen Lin find divorce rate is on the rise among adults 50 and older

 

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Kei Nomaguchi

 

 

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Bart Stykes
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Marta Alvira-Hammond
Population Association of America 2014 Annual Meeting

BGSU Presenters and Posters

Knoop and Flynn present research posters at BGSU Undergraduate Research Symposium
Courtney Knoop (pictured at right with Dr. Ray Swisher) and Ryan Flynn, working with BGSU Sociology Professors Ray Swisher, Danielle Kuhl, and Jorge Chavez on an NIH grant funded project, presented their research at the annual undergraduate symposium. The posters address Neighborhood Change and Violence in Adolescence and Emerging Adulthood using Add Health Data to support their research.

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Joyner, Manning, and Bogle Earn Top Honors at PAA 2014 Annual Meeting in Boston   
Congratulations to BGSU Associate Professor, NCFMR Research Affiliate, & CFDR Associate Director Kara Joyner, BGSU Distinguished Professor, NCFMR Co-director, & CFDR Director Wendy D. Manning, and BGSU PhD candidate Ryan Bogle who earned first place for their poster presentation Social Context and the Stability of Same-Sex and Different-Sex Relationships.

Professor Kara Joyner

Brown and Lin find divorce rate for Boomers more than doubled between 1990 and 2010.
"This is not what we anticipated at all, said sociologist Susan L. Brown..."
DeMuth & Nomaguchi Receive 2014 Faculty Excellence Awards


Two sociology faculty members were recognized at the 2014 Faculty Excellence Awards Ceremony and Reception. Professor Kei Nomaguchi (l) received the Outstanding Young Scholar Award, and Professor Steve Demuth received the Faculty Distinguished Service Award. Congratulations to both of our outstanding faculty members.

Brown Speaks with The New York Times
Susan L. Brown finds for young people, living together tends to be a transitory arrangement, while for older adults, cohabiting is a long-term alternative to marriage.
Lee Speaks on the Limits of Marriage in his Arts and Sciences Distinguished Faculty Lecture


Dr. Gary Lee discusses "The Limits of Marriage: Why Getting Everyone Married Won't Solve All Our Problems." Additionally, Lee is working on a book about the causes of the declining marriage rate in the US.

 

Same-Sex Couples: Frontiers in Measurement and Analysis

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Guest speakers:

  • Esther Rothblum, Professor of Women’s Studies at San Diego State University
  • Debra Umberson, Centennial Professor in Liberal Arts and Professor of Sociology at
    University of Texas at Austin
  • Gary J. Gates, Williams Distinguished Scholar at The Williams Institute UCLA School of Law
Why Knot? Where are all those blushing brides?
Balancing Act: Attachment theory connects just as well for married couple
Which couples who 'shack up' will end up divorced? New study pinpoints risk factors

Unmarried Baby Boomers Face Disadvantages as They Grow Older

CPAC 2014, Wisconsin Women Of Style, Gray Divorce
Wisconsin Public Radio

Attachment theory connects just as well for married couple

ASA brief supports efforts to overturn gay-marriage bans

NJ Has Lowest Divorce Rate in the Country (WP-13-03)

Older Americans' Breakups Are Causing A 'Graying' Divorce Trend

Sociologist Susan L. Brown, co-author of the study "Gray Divorce," attributes economic independence of women as one reason for the gray divorce trend. "Back in 1990, fewer than 1 in 10 persons who got divorced was over the age of 50," says Brown. But today, "1 in 4 people getting divorced is 50 or older."

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Opponents of Same-Sex Marriage Take Bad-for-Children Argument to Court

“Are we going to hold same-sex parents to a different standard than heterosexuals?” Manning asks.

Marriage still the American dream, though a diminishing reality

"We have to keep in mind the importance of a multi-pronged approach," Susan Brown said. “Getting a poor mother to marry a poor man who also has few economic resources is probably not a solution."

Why marriage won't cut your medical bills

Marriage comes with a script and cohabitation doesn’t,” said Susan L. Brown, co-director of the NCFMR at BGSU in the WSJ.

The unique challenges associated with gray divorce

Brown and Lin report finds 1 in every 4 marriages involving at least 1 spouse over age 50 ended in divorce in 2010.

If $800 Million Can't Even Save Marriage, Maybe We Should Stop Trying

New NCFMR research finds the millions spent on programs aimed at marriage and boosting marriage rates have had little discernnible impact on marriage or divorce rates.

Why is the federal government in the business of marriage "boosterism?"

Listen LIVE to Wendy D. Manning, BGSU professor of sociology and co-director of the NCFMR, co-author of the study that looks at the effectiveness of the Healthy Marriage Initiative.

Hundreds Of Millions Spent Promoting Marriage Hasn't Helped At All: Study

Federal Funds to Foster Healthy Marriage Have Little Effect, Study Finds

Gary Lee, Guest Editor of a Special Issue on Widowhood and Bereavement

Why Love Can't Keep Us Together

"We were just floored. We thought older people don't get divorced," says Susan Brown, co-director of the National Center for Marriage & Family Research at Bowling Green State University and co-author of the 2013 study, "The Gray Divorce Revolution.” 

Cultural Changes Spur Rise in Divorce Rate Among Women

NCFMR report finds approximately 15% of women in the U.S. are divorced or separated.

Forum Seeks to Lift Blacks' Education Right From Start

Dr. Susan L. Brown serves as panelist at the Changing Minds, Changing Lives forum on Race and Education -- view action shots of Dr. Brown in the photo gallery!

Living Alone on the Rise, BGSU Study Finds

"Living solo is often ignored as an option in our studies of family life," said sociologist Dr. Wendy Manning.

How Marriage Can Save Your Life

The Happy State of America's Unions

Nowadays, it's 'Last Comes Marriage'

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