Kara Joyner


Position: Professor of Demography, University of Texas at San Antonio

Curriculum Vitae

Ph.D., The University of Chicago, 1997 

CFDR Primary Research Area: Family Demography and Fertility

Dr. Joyner’s research addresses how a variety of factors influence the formation and dynamics of friendships and sexual relationships, including single relationships (e.g., dating), cohabiting relationships, and marriages.  It also considers how different types of relationships influence individual well-being, and it examines the factors that moderate this influence.  Her research uses quantitative methods to test hypotheses developed from rational choice and social psychological perspectives.  It involves researchers not only from sociology, but those with training in psychology, economics, and multi-disciplinary programs. Currently Dr. Joyner is a Co-Principal Investigator on an NIH-funded program project (directed by H. Elizabeth Peters) that examines the transition to fatherhood. As Co-PI, she has been organizing and conducting core analyses that evaluate the quality of men’s reports of births in the NSFG 2002, NLSY 79, and NLSY 97.

Recent Publications:

Joyner, K., Manning, W. D., & Prince, B. (2020). “Social Context and the Stability of Same-Sex Relationships.” In Hui Liu, Corinne Reczek, and Lindsey Wilkinson (Eds.), Same Sex Unions, Health and Well-Being. Pp. 201-215. Rutgers University Press.

Prince, B., Joyner, K., & Manning, W. D. (2020). “Sexual Minorities, Social Context, and Union Formation.” Population Research and Policy Review, 29: 23-45. doi: 10.1007/s11113-019-09528-z

Kao, G., Joyner, K., & Balistreri, K. S. (2019). Interracial Romance and Friendship in Adolescence and Adulthood. New York: ASA Rose Series (Russell Sage Foundation).

Manning, W. D., Joyner, K., Hemez, P., & Cupka, C. (2019). “Measuring Cohabitation in National Surveys.” Demography, 56(4), 1195-1218. doi: 10.1007/s13524-019-00796

Joyner, K., Manning, W. D., & Prince, B. (2019). “The Qualities of Same-Sex and Different-Sex in Young Adulthood.” Journal of Marriage and the Family, 81(2), 487-505.

Kao, G., Balistreri, K. S., & Joyner, K. (2019). “Asian American Men in Romantic Dating Markets.” Contexts 17(4): 48-53.

Joyner, K. (2018). “Arresting Immigrants: Unemployment and Immigration Enforcement.” Migration Letters 15(2), 215-238.

Joyner, K., Manning, W. D., & Bogle, B. (2017). Gender and the stability of same-sex and different-sex relationships among young adults. Demography, 54(6), 2351-2374.

Balistreri, K. S., Joyner, K., & Kao, G. (2017). Trading youth for citizenship? The spousal age gap among immigrant marriages. Population and Development Review, 43(3), 443-466.

Balistreri, K. S., Joyner, K., & Kao, G. (2015). Relationship involvement among young adults in the U.S.: Are Asian American men an exceptional case”? Population Research and Policy Review 1-24.

Savin-Williams, R.C., Joyner, K., and Rieger, G. (2012). “Prevalence, Stability, and Change of Sexual Orientation Identity During Young Adulthood." Archives of Sexual Behavior 41(1), 103-110.