Position: Professor and Chair of Sociology
Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University, 1998
Dr. Brown's research focuses on the familial events and transitions made throughout the life course with an emphasis on the implications of the rapid transformation of American family life for the health and well-being of both adults and children. Her research to date largely has been on cohabitation, emphasizing the relationship quality of cohabitors and its effects on cohabitors' union outcomes as well as their psychological well-being. Her work encompasses multiple projects designed to help researchers decipher the meaning(s) of cohabitation as well as its implications for the adults and children involved.
Brown, Susan L. and Matthew R. Wright. (2019). “Divorce Attitudes among Older Adults: Two Decades of Change.” Journal of Family Issues, 40(8), 1018–1037. doi: 10.1177/0192513X19832936
Brown, Susan L., I-Fen Lin, Anna M. Hammersmith, and Matthew R. Wright. (2019). “Repartnering Following Gray Divorce: The Roles of Resources and Constraints for Women and Men.” Demography, 56(2), 503-523, doi: 10.1007/s13524-018-0752-x.
Eickmeyer, Kasey, Wendy D. Manning, and Susan L. Brown. (2019). “What’s Mine Is Ours? Income Pooling in Complex Families.” Journal of Marriage and Family, 81(4) 968-978. doi: 10.1111/jomf.12565
Lamidi, Esther, Wendy D. Manning, and Susan L. Brown. (2019). “Change in the Stability of First Premarital Cohabitation among Women in the U.S.” Demography, 56(2), 427-450. doi: 10.1007/s13524-019-00765-7
Lin, I-Fen, Susan L. Brown, Matthew R. Wright, and Anna M. Hammersmith. (2019). “Depressive Symptoms Following Later-Life Marital Dissolution and Subsequent Repartnering.” Journal of Health and Social Behavior, 60(2):153-168. doi:10.1177/0022146519839683
Guzzo, Karen B., Paul Hemez, Lydia Anderson, Wendy D. Manning, and Susan L. Brown, S. L. (2019). Is Variation in Biological and Residential Ties to Children Linked to Mothers’ Parental Stress and Perceptions of Co-Parenting?” Journal of Family Issues 40(4): 488-517. doi: 10.1177/0192513X1882172. NIHMSID: 1010131
Brown, Susan L., I-Fen Lin, Anna M. Hammersmith, and Matthew R. Wright. (2018). “Later Life Marital Dissolution and Repartnership Status: A National Portrait.” Journals of Gerontology: Social Sciences, 73:1032-1042, doi:10.1093/geronb/gbw051
Lin, I-Fen, Susan L. Brown, Matthew R. Wright, and Anna M. Hammersmith. (2018). "Antecedents of Gray Divorce: A Life Course Perspective." Journals of Gerontology: Social Sciences, 73:1022-1031, doi:10.1093/geronb/gbw164
Brown, Susan L. (2017). Families in America, CA: University of California Press.
McClain, Lauren and Susan L. Brown. (2017). "The Roles of Father Involvement and Coparenting in Relationship Quality among Cohabiting and Married Parents." Sex Roles, 76:334-345.
Nomaguchi, Kei, Susan L. Brown, and Tanya M. Leyman. (2017). "Fathers’ Participation in Parenting and Maternal Parenting Stress: Variation by Relationship Status." Journal of Family Issues, 38:1132-1156.
Wright, Matthew R. and Susan L. Brown. (2017). "Psychological Well-Being among Older Adults: The Role of Partnership Status." Journal of Marriage and Family, 79:833-849.
Brown, Susan L., Wendy D. Manning, and Krista K. Payne. (2017). "Relationship Quality among Cohabiting Versus Married Couples." Journal of Family Issues, 38 (12), 1730-1753. doi: 10.1177/0192513X15622236
Lin, i-Fen,Susan L. Brown, & Anna M. Hammersmith. (2017). "Marital Biography, Social Security Receipt, and Poverty." Research on Aging, 39(1), 86-110. doi: 10.1177/0164027516656139
Manning, Wendy D., Susan L. Brown, and J. Bart Stykes. (2016). "Same-Sex and Different-Sex Cohabiting Couple Relationship Stability." Demography, 53, 937-953. doi: 10.1007/s13524-016-0490-x. PMCID: PMC5095690
Brown, Susan L., J. Bart Stykes, and Wendy D. Manning, (2016). "Trends in Children’s Family Instability, 1995-2010." Journal of Marriage and Family, 78(5), 1173-1183. doi: 10.1111/jomf.12311
Brown, Susan L. and Matthew R. Wright. (2016). “Older Adults' Attitudes Toward Cohabitation: Two Decades of Change.” The Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences. 71(4): 755-764. doi: 10.1093/geronb/gbv053. PMCID - In Process
Brown, Susan L., Wendy D. Manning, and Krista K. Payne. (2016). “Family Structure and Children's Economic Well-Being: Incorporating Same-Sex Cohabiting Mother Families.” Population Research and Policy Review 35(1):1-21. doi: 10.1007/s11113-015-9375-8. PMCID: PMC4301429
Brown, Susan L., Wendy D. Manning, and J. Bart Stykes. (2015). “Family Structure and Child Well-being: Integrating Family Complexity.” Journal of Marriage and Family 77:177-190. PMCID: PMC4301429
Manning, W. D. and Brown, Susan L. (2015). “Aging Cohabiting Couples and Family Policy: Different-Sex and Same-Sex Couples.” Public Policy & Aging Report. doi: 10.1093/ppar/prv012. NIHMSID: 730959