Susan L. Brown

NCFMR Co-Director


Dr. Brown's research examines the implications of the rapid transformation of American family life, with a focus on recent changes in family structure and living arrangements. Her areas of expertise include...

  • Child Well-being
  • Cohabitation
  • Divorce
  • Marriage
  • PhD, Sociology and Demography, The Pennsylvania State University
  • MA, Sociology and Demography, The Pennsylvania State University
  • BA, Sociology, University of Virginia

Working Papers
  • Relationship Quality among Cohabiting versus Married Couples (WP-14-03)
  • Family Structure and Child Well-Being: Integrating Family Complexity (WP-14-02)
  • Family Structure and Children's Economic Well-Being: Incorporating Same-Sex Cohabiting Mother Families (WP-14-01)
  • Two Decades of Stability and Change in Age at First Union Formation (WP-13-06)
  • Estimating Nonresident Fatherhood: Evidence from the CPS, NSFG, and SIPP (WP-12-11)
    • Published in Demographic Research as 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
    • Named "Editor's Choice" as one of the best!
  • The Gray Divorce Revolution: Rising Divorce among Middle-aged and Older Adults, 1990-2009 (WP-12-04)
  • Relationship Quality among Cohabitors and Marrieds in Older Adulthood (WP-10-01)
    • Published in Social Science Research, 39(5), September 2010, 777-786; doi:10.1016/j.ssresearch.2010.04.010
  • The Demography of Unions among Older Americans: 1980-present (WP-09-14)
    • Book chapter published as The Demography of Unions Among Older Americans, 1980-Present: A Family Change Approach in Handbook of Sociology of Aging, 2011, Pp. 193-2010.

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