Laura A. Sanchez


Position: Professor of Sociology
Phone: 419-372-7252

Curriculum Vitae

Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1992

Professor Sanchez' research addresses the gender division of labor and how struggles and negotiations over the meanings of masculinity and femininity in public arenas and private life affect U.S. families. A vein of her research covers housework, employment and leisure patterns among various populations, and whether gender inequities cause perceptions of unfairness and relationship difficulties. Currently, she and her colleagues (Steven L. Nock, PI, University of Virginia and James D. Wright, University of Central Florida) have grants from a private foundation and the National Science Foundation to study Louisiana's covenant marriage law. This quantitative and qualitative data collection effort will use a 5-year longitudinal study of newly-married couples to examine potential differences in marital quality and stability, parenting intentions and practices, and divorce processes and rates. The study is currently in the field with the second wave of the three-wave study.

Recent Publications:

DeMaris, A., Sanchez, L.A., & Krivickas, K. (2012). Developmental patterns in marital satisfaction: Covenant vs. standard marriages in the first seven years. Journal of Marriage and Family, 74(5), 989-1004

Krivickas, K.M., Sanchez, L.A., Kenney, C.T., & Wright, J.D. (2010). Fiery wives and icy husbands: Pre-marital counseling and covenant marriage as buffers against effects of childhood abuse on gendered marital communication? Social Science Research39(5), 700-714.

Sanchez, L.A. (2009). Covenant marriage. In H.T. Reis, & S.K. Sprecher, (Eds.), Encylopedia of Human Relationships. Sage Publications.

Gager, C.T., Sanchez, L.A., & DeMaris, A. (2009). Whose time is it? The effect of gender, employment, and work/family stress on children’s housework. Journal of Family Issues30(11), 1459-1485.

Baker, E.H., Sanchez, L.A., Nock, S.L., & Wright, J.D. (2009). Covenant marriage and the sanctification of gendered marital roles. Journal of Family Issues30(2), 147-178.

Nock, S.L., Sanchez, L.A., & Wright, J.D. (2008). Covenant marriage and the movement to reclaim traditions. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press.

Brumbaugh, S.M., Sanchez, L.A., Nock, S.L., & Wright, J.D. (2008). Attitudes toward gay marriage in states undergoing marriage law transformation. Journal of Marriage and Family70(2), 345-359.

Brown, S.L., Sanchez, L., Nock, S.L., & Wright, J.D. (2006). Links between premarital cohabitation and subsequent marital quality, stability, and divorce: A comparison of covenant versus standard marriages. Social Science Research35, 454-470.