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Our Outstanding Faculty and Students are Often Making News
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. 

Current research by Susan Brown has found that “gray divorced” over-62 women receive smaller Social Security benefits, on average, than other single women and men. And more than a quarter live below the official poverty line.


Divorce rate for those over 65 has tripled...

New York Times

Deseret National News

The Times

The Daily Mail

Malaymail Online


Balistreri's research published in Maternal and Child Health Journal

BGSU Assistant Professor Kelly Balistreri finds that access to a medical home model of care serves to protect children against some of the negative effects associated with exposure to adverse experiences in her paper "Adverse Childhood Experiences, the Medical Home, and Child Well-Being." 

Maternal and Child Health Journal

Professor Gary Lee's new book is a must read

Dr. Gary Lee examines the decline in the American marriage rate that began around 1970 in his most recent book...

The Limits of Marriage: Why Getting Everyone Married
Won't Solve All Our Problems

The proportion of unmarried adults in our population has been increasing,
and the proportion of married adults declining, since about 1970.

According to Wendy Manning, "11% of women who first married between 1965 and 1974 cohabited prior to marriage." By 2005-2009, 66% of women were shacking up before marriage: a sixfold increase from their parents' generation.

20-somethings might have figured out an approach to relationships that's protecting them from divorce 

       Tech Insider        

Trends in Cohabitation:
Over Twenty Years of Change, 1987-2010


Georgoff's work empowers parents

Maddi Georgoff is putting her sociological training to good use by serving the Toledo community. Georgoff is developing Parent University for Toledo Public Schools (TPS), which offers free classes and resources to parents. Parent University "supports, engages, and empowers" parents with children in TPS.


Sociology professor and former student's research on interracial friendships published
BGSU alumna Mim Northcutt Bohmert (Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, Indiana-Bloomington) and BGSU Professor Al DeMaris find that a greater number of interracial friendships are linked to more positive racial attitudes. Check out the full paper, "Interracial Friendship and the Trajectory of Pro-Minority Attitudes: Assessing Intergroup Contact Theory,” featured in...

Group Processes & Intergroup Relations, 18, 225 – 240

Criminology features sociology research
Two intimate partner violence (IPV) studies were published in the August 2015 journal of Criminology.
Miriam Northcutt Bohmert
Alfred Demaris


Eickmeyer explores Gen X and Millennials' views of marital success rates
Sociology graduate student Kasey J. Eickmeyer finds 40-50% of those who cohabit at some point or who are currently cohabiting, see marriage pessimistically.

Are you pessimistic about marriage success?
Herald Times Online

Share of marriages with wives older than husbands on the rise


As we see more flexibility in mate selection and defining who is an appropriate spouse, it means that women have more options now,  Brown said. They don't have to marry a man who's older than them. They can pick someone who's a few years younger, and that will be acceptable and viable.
Jennifer Aniston, 46, and her husband Justin Theroux, 44, fit the trend perfectly

Professors Brown and Lin found gray divorce result of changing attitudes toward marriage and monogamy

Professors Susan L. Brown and I-Fen Lin found about one in four people who divorced in 2010 was age 50 or older. Boomers also portend a rising divorce rate out to the year 2030, according to the study.


Divorce Rates by 10-year Age Groups
Marriage is about love; divorce is about assets
BGSU study finds Americans divorce rate for those over age 65 has more than doubled since '90

WSJ Market Watch

41 KSHB Kansas City

Nearly two thirds of gray divorces are initiated by woman
While divorce rates over all have declined since their peak in the 1980s, the rate for those older than 50 has doubled in the last quarter-century...

New York Times

The Gray Divorce Revolution: Rising Divorce among Middle-aged and Older Adults, 1990-2010
Susan L. Brown & I-Fen Lin


Will Same Sex Marriage Ruling Cost Cohabiting Couples Employer Health Benefits?
In 2014, there were 7.9 million heterosexual cohabiting couples, up from 5 million in 2006 , according to Susan Brown...
ASA provides opportunity to discuss same-sex marriage with sociologists  

Wendy D. Manning led the American Sociological Association's (ASA) examination of the social science research, which became the foundation for the amicus brief the association filed with the Supreme Court in Support of marriage equality. Manning is a Professor of Sociology, Director of the CFDR, and Co-Director of the NCFMR.


Joyner serves as expert witness

Kara Joyner, BGSU professor of statistics and demography, testified about two reports she conducted that analyzed the representation of Hispanics in Border Patrol apprehension logs. She served as an expert witness in a trial about alleged police bias in patrol stops.

Toledo Blade


Lamidi receives Adamchak Award

Congratulations to Esther Lamidi, recipient of the 2015 Adamchak award. Established by Donald and Susan Adamchak (both who earned graduate degrees in sociology from BGSU), this award recognizes a graduate student's research excellence in demography.

Recent research presented at PAA:

Congratulations Gwen Zugarek

Sociology graduate student Gwen Zugarek was elected Student Representative of the ASA Sociology of the Family Section. Zugarek is completing her Master's degree and will enter the Doctoral program in the fall.



Remarriage in the U.S.: If at first they don't succeed, do most Americans "try, try again?"
Professor Wendy D. Manning prepares briefing paper for the Council on Contemporary Families.
Why you should go slowly into a new relationship

Connect Statesboro

Deseret News



Two faculty members receive promotion

I-Fen Lin (l) and Raymond R. Swisher were promoted from associate to full professor. Congratulations, I-Fen and Ray!

Zoom News


Woods accepted as volunteer teacher for International Student Volunteer Program

Sabreena Woods, senior sociology major and NCFMR Undergraduate Research Assistant, will volunteer this summer in the Domincan Republic. As a volunteer teacher, Woods will help educate children who have little access to everyday resources like books and pencils. She will teach English, math, geography, sciences, and health education to children in a summer camp-like setting.

Manning discusses research on women and marriage with The Morning Show host Larry Weiss
58% of college educated women have ever cohabited at some point...

The Morning Show

Professor Wendy D. Manning chats with The Morning Show host Larry Weiss
Diau'Monique Warner flanks her research poster
Warner recognized for outstanding research poster
Diau'Monque Warner, sociology/psychology double major receives CURS Glass Award from BGSU President Mazey. Warner presented her research poster, based on her project in Sociology Capstone (SOC4800), on racial disparities in school attachment at the Inaugural NW Ohio Under-graduate Symposium for Research and Scholarship in April.  
Diau'Monique Warner (2nd from right) gathers with fellow honorees
Follow BGSU at the Population Association of America 2015 Annual Meeting April 29 - May 2 #BGSUPAA2015

BGSU Posters and Papers  

Manning and diverse group of gociologists available to discuss same-sex marriage  
Wendy D. Manning, Professor of Sociology, Director of the CFDR, and Co-Director of the NCFMR at BGSU, led the ASA’s examination of the social science research, which was the foundation for the amicus brief the association filed with the Supreme Court in support of marriage equality. The ASA’s brief highlights the social science consensus that children raised by same-sex parents fare just as well as children raised by different-sex parents.
Congratulations to our undergraduate students receiving honors in Sociology

Autumn Kunkel and Nico Pinchak are the winners of the Dr. Aida Tomeh Memorial Scholarship award for outstanding sociology majors; Autumn is a graduating senior and Nico a continuing student in sociology. Autumn was part of the first capstone experience; her research examined the relationship between educational attainment and attitudes towards same-sex sexual contact. She is an Editor for the BG News. Nico is a new major, coming to us from the College of Education where he served as an undergraduate teaching assistant. He conducted research during a month-long visit to China and presented that research at the (Northeast Ohio Undergraduate Sociology Symposium (NEOUSS) at Kent State last month. Both are wonderful representatives for our undergraduate program.

We are inducting five new members into Alpha Kappa Delta (AKD), the International Sociology Honor Society. Congratulations to Veronica Cooper, Nadia Oehler, Nico Pinchak, Brittany Plocek, and Nicole Ridenour on earning this honor. It is exciting that all are continuing students and so we will be able to hold chapter activities in the fall.

Brown awarded title of Professor of Research Excellence

Susan L. Brown, chair of the BGSU Department of Sociology and co-director of the NCFMR, was awarded her title of Professor of Research Excellence at the Faculty of Excellence Awards. Full professors who have established a robust record of research and publication or artistic and creative achievements in their disciplines are honored with this distinction.

Professor Brown is a productive scholar and a respected leader at BGSU and within her discipline, said Dr. Raymond Craig, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

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Susan L. Brown accepting Professor of Research Excellence award from BGSU President Mary Ellen Mazey
Professors Awarded Grant Funding

Associate Professor I-Fen Lin received a one-year grant from the PSID pilot grant program (funded by the National Institute on Aging) to support her project Parent's and Adult Children's Reports of Intergenerational Transfers.


Associate Professor Kei Nomaguchi has been awarded a three-year R15 grant from NICHD to support her research project Social and Interpersonal Environments and Parent-Child Relationship Quality from Preschool to Adolescence. Nomaguchi will work with a team of undergraduate and graduate researchers. 

Maddi Georgoff
Georgoff honored as student leader

Madison (Maddi) Georgoff, senior sociology major, has garnered a 2015 Campus Compact Newman Civic Award. The award honors those who inspire other students in addition to the entire campus and community. Georgoff is the founder of bGAB, which sponsored four alternative spring breaks this year. Continue reading...

As a Civic Action Leader with the Office of Service-Learning, she has found the avenue for putting her personal beliefs into action and created a legacy that will live on...
Nomaguchi research finds mothers' stress may be affecting their kids poorly
Professor Kei Nomaguchi
Professor Kei Nomaguchi
According to landmark study by BGSU's Brown and Lin, divorce rate for people 50 and older doubled from 1990 to 2010

Single boomers forming 'Golden Girls' households
Wall Street Journal


Midlife Marriage: Love it, Leave it or Reinvent it

Andrea Krieg (pictured with her mother), 2014 recipient of the Charles E. Shanklin Award for Research Excellence and BGSU doctoral candidate, delivers keynote speech for Shanklin Awards ceremony

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Sanchez elected to NCFR Fellows Committee

Congratulations to Laura Sanchez on her recent election to the NCFR Fellows Committee. Sanchez's term will span 2015-2018.


Manning speaks with NPR LA affiliate 89.3 KPCC about record high number of unmarried, cohabiting parents in the U.S.

Federal data shows number of
unmarried parents at all time high 89.3 KPCC


ASA Files Amicus Brief With Supreme Court in Support of Marriage Equality

Manning led the ASA's examination of the social science research.


Research Advances in Intimate Partner Violence

Wednesday, March 25, 2015
8:30 am - 2:45 pm

Pre-registration is required.  Please contact the CFDR office (cfdr@bgsu.edu) to register.

  • "The Development and Course of Intimate Partner Violence from Late Adolescence to Early Adulthood"
  • Youth Intimate Partner Violence and Aggression: What Have We Learned from NORC’s Program of Prevention Experiments and National Surveys
    • Bruce G. Taylor, PhD
      Senior Fellow
      Public Health Department
      NORC at the University of Chicago
  • Mechanisms Underlying Cessation of IPV Perpetration: A Longitudinal Study of the Desistance Process
    • Peggy C. Giordano, PhD
      Distinguished Research Professor of Sociology
      Bowling Green State University
More Women Choosing Live-In Relationship Over Marriage

Manning and Stykes research finds almost 70% of women have lived with a cohabiting partner.

Loving in shades of grey: Navigating the casual relationship

Using research compiled from the Toledo Adolescent Relationship Study, BGSU PhD Heidi Lyons (Assistant Professor of Sociology at Oakland University) finds casual relationships are a "lack of commitment." Lyons is the author of Young Adult Casual Sexual Behavior: Life-Course-Specific Motivations and Consequences with colleagues Wendy Manning, Peggy Giordano, and Monica Longmore.                                                                                                                   USA Today

Partners in the long-term study of Fremont youth (L to R) Jean Gerard, Wendy Manning, Margaret Booth, & Christopher Frey
BGSU explores lives of teens

Manning joins research team of the Adolescent Academic Context Study to make collection of research data available to other BG faculty and students to analyze from varied perspectives.


Guzzo study already yielding information that will lead to greater understanding of the complex factors of unintended fertility

There’s a body of evidence showing that many race and ethnic minorities have an inaccurate understanding of the reproductive process, but in general there is widespread misinformation across all groups, including whites, Guzzo said.


Brown's research on poverty and divorce finds 14% of men who divorce after 62 live in poverty
It's scary, because the gray divorce demographic group is growing, Brown said.  

Chicago Tribune

Manning showcases research data and addresses concerns about the future of marriage and the family at Rotary Club of Toledo

There has been a sharp decline in the marriage rate.... Some people worry that Americans are rejecting marriage, they no longer want to marry, but when you survey young adults today, almost all of them expect to get married at some point, says Manning (pictured at right with Joe Sharp, Toledo Rotary).

The Future of Marriage and Family Presentation

Brown and Lin Gray Divorce research finds divorce rates have continued to climb over the years among Boomers in comparison to other cohorts
Susan L. Brown & I-Fen Lin

Cohabitation has nearly doubled over the past 25 years, study says

Using data from 2011 to 2013, BGSU researchers found nearly two-thirds of women ages 19-44 had cohabited at some point and some had experienced serial cohabitation, said Wendy D. Manning, Professor and co-director of BG's NCFMR who analyzed data with doctoral student Bart Stykes to look at race/ethnicity, education level and other distinctions.

Deseret News

An interview with Peggy Giordano

Dr. Peggy Giordano, BGSU Distinguished Professor Emeritus, discusses what characterizes teen dating violence and how it changes over time. Based on her longitudinal research following 1,200 youth from age 13 into young adulthood, Giordano discusses how conflict in key areas of a relationship — such as finances, peer-partner balance, and fidelity — can increase the risk of violence. Overlapping areas of conflict can often increase the risk, and resolving conflicts at these key vulnerability points may reduce the risk.

Watch Interview

What the Recession Did to American Fathers

The Atlantic

  • Named one of the very best published papers in Volume 29 of Demographic Research
    • Published in Demographic Research, Nonresident Fathers and Formal Child Support: Evidence from the CPS, NSFG, and SIPP, 29(46) 1299-1330, December 13, 2013, DOI.4054/DemRes.2013.29.46
Guzzo finds demographic shifts since the recession have changed the way young people look at marriage
Young people are delaying marriage, Guzzo says. There is now a prerequisite for marriage that you must be financially stable before you get married. Almost no one is financially stable in their 20s, so they feel they are not ready for marriage.


Manning, Booth, Gerard, and Frey receive Spencer Foundation grant

Congratulations to Wendy Manning and BGSU colleagues Peggy Booth, Jean Gerard, and Chris Frey on their grant award from the Spencer Foundation. The grant for their project, Enhancing Social Opportunity in Post-Recession Era Through Academic Climate for Adolescents and Young Adults, will provide resources for them to analyze original data and host a conference.