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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. 
Faculty and students attend Add Health Users Conference in Bethesda, MD
The Add Health conference provides researchers who are working with data from Add Health an opportunity to share research goals, experiences, and results. It also provides an opportunity for those interested in working with the data to learn how they are currently being used by others.
  • Christopher Dennison
    • "The Rich get Richer...and So Do the Attractive? Ascribed Socioeconomic Status, Physical Attractiveness, and Achieved SES"
  • Jessica Finkeldey
    • "Parental Incarceration and Neighborhood Attainment"
  • Jessica Ziegler
    • "Trajectories of Criminal Offending: Does Timing of Transition into Parenthood Matter?"
Faculty and students attend Add Health Users Conference
Past and present students
Blame the Baby Boomers...
“I don’t think boomers are any less happy in their marriages,” says Brown. “As people live longer, there’s more motivation to get divorced, because there's a lot of life left to be lived.”
Supportive attitudes toward cohabitation by age group and year
Check out the "Editor's Choice" article by Dr. Susan Brown and Matthew Wright published in The Gerontological Society of America

"Older Adults' Attitudes Toward Cohabitation:
Two Decades of Change"
The Gerontological Society of America


Drs. Sarah R. Hayford (OSU) and Karen Guzzo (BGSU) published in PDR

"Fifty Years of Unintended Births:
Education Gradients in Unintended Fertility
in the U.S., 1960-2013"
Population and Development Review (PDR)

The researchers explore potential explanations for why birth intendedness varies by education and document the evolution of education gradients in unwanted, mistimed, and unintended fertility over the second half of the twentieth century in the United States.
Percentage of births unintended, by time period and education level, US women, 1960–64 to 2010–13
Brown finds, for Millennials, there's no place quite like home
Brown finds, for Millennials, there's no place quite like home

The Courier

The BG News

"Living with parents longer is “redefining and illustrating this lengthening of emerging adulthood,” said Susan Brown..."
Lin, Brown, Hammersmith gray divorce research data cited
How the 'Divorce Mortgage' Could Help Older Homeowners


next avenue

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."