Wendy D. Manning



Wendy D. Manning currently serves as Director of the Center for Family and Demographic Research and Co-Director for the National Center for Family & Marriage Research. She is a family demographer, and her research examines how family members define and understand their obligations to each other in an era of increasingly diverse and complex family relationships. She led the research for the ASA Amicus Brief filed to the U.S. Supreme Court in same-sex marriage cases. Manning has examined the meaning of cohabitation with her work on the measurement of cohabitation, fertility in cohabiting unions, the stability of cohabiting unions, transitions to marriage, and implications of cohabitation for adult and child well-being. Her work has focused on adolescent sexual decision-making as well as the patterning and quality of young adult relationships.

  • PhD, Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • MS, Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • BA, Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison
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!
  • Relationship Formation and Stability in Emerging Adulthood: Do Sex Ratios Matter? (WP-10-10)
  • The Demography of Unions Among Older Americans: 1980-present (WP-09-14)
  • Dating Couples' Views about Cohabitation: The Role of Social Context (WP-09-13)
  • Developmental Shifts in the Character of Romantic and Sexual Relationships from Adolescence to Young Adulthood (WP-09-10)
  • "Ain't Nobody in My Family Married": Social Context and Marital Social Capital (WP-09-02)

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