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BGSU Sociology research is regularly featured in the national media, and our faculty provide leading media outlets with expert insights on current events. Our faculty and students are frequently recognized for their exceptional research, teaching, and service contributions to the field. Check this page regularly to learn about the latest accolades and media appearances featuring BGSU Sociology. 
Brown has found gray-divorce women are at financial disadvantage

“The financial implications are potentially troubling,” Brown says. “The evidence we have says gray-divorce women are at a particular disadvantage."

Think Divorce Is Miserable?
Look how bad life can
get when divorcees
try to retire.
Especially when they’re women.

Manning serving as chair on NAS committee
Wendy Manning currently serves as chair on The National Academies of Sciences, Committee on National Statistics meeting on “Improving Collection of Indicators of Criminal Justice System Involvement in Population Health Data Programs.”

Committee on National Statistics

Distinguished Professor of Sociology Wendy Manning discusses changes in American family relationships
Congratulations to Dr. Karen Guzzo! 

Associate Professor Karen Guzzo has been elected as a member-at-large on the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) Board of Directors.  

NCFR Press Release

Dr. Karen Guzzo
Time magazine cites Brown & Lin gray divorce research

Don’t Let Divorce Derail Your Retirement
A late-in-life split can shred your retirement plans

"The Gray Divorce Revolution:
Rising Divorce among Middle-age and Older Adults"

Manning to deliver keynote address

Dr. Wendy Manning will deliver a keynote address titled "Same-Sex Couples and Family Well-Being" to the Council on Contemporary Families 18th Annual Conference at the University of Texas at Austin on March 4.

The wait of our unions

"Marriage is much less likely to happen and it's taking longer to get there," said Dr. Karen Guzzo...




One in three single Baby Boomers has never been married, according to Brown and Lin research

Boomers are more likely to be single, divorced, or widowed.


Of all current U.S. marriages, only 7% have reached the 50-year mark
Demuth appointed to PJI Board of Directors

Professor Steve Demuth was recently appointed to the Board of Directors of the Pretrial Justice Institute (PJI) in Washington, DC. Listen to what he and other experts have to say about BAIL in America: The Color of Pretrial Detention. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DBaVZqGXZrA&feature=youtu.be


Mothers' stress may affect their children
Mothers' stress, especially when mothers are stressed because of the juggling with work and trying to find time with kids, that may actually be affecting their kids poorly, finds study coauthor and Bowling Green State University sociologist Kei Nomaguchi.

Business Insider

BG researchers find those who divorce later in life may not be able to fully recover from a gray divorce


Marital Biography, Social Security, and Poverty
Working Paper (WP-15-01)
I-Fen Lin, Susan L. Brown, & Anna M. Hammersmith

BGSU researchers find gray divorce often caused by partners simply growing apart 
Lin, Brown, and Hammersmith find divorce among baby boomers may have negative implications for retirement security

Independent Financial Adviser

Investment News

“Social Security was designed during an era when most elders were married, a scenario that is less common today and is likely to be even less typical in the future...”
WSJ features cohabitation and marriage research by Manning

The Wall Street Journal

"Cohabitation and Child Wellbeing"
from The Future of Children

"...stable, cohabiting families with two biological parents seem to offer many of the same health, cognitive, and behavioral benefits that stable married biological parent families offer."