Susan Brown

Susan-Brown

Position: Professor and Chair of Sociology
Phone: 419-372-9521
Email: brownsl@bgsu.edu

Curriculum Vitae

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.

Recent Publications:

Brown, Susan L. (Forthcoming). Families in America, CA: University of California Press.

Brown, Susan L., I-Fen Lin, Anna M. Hammersmith, and Matthew R. Wright. (Forthcoming). “Later Life Marital Dissolution and Repartnership Status: A National Portrait.” Journals of Gerontology: Social Sciences.

Lin, I-Fen, Susan L. Brown, Matthew R. Wright, and Anna M. Hammersmith. (Forthcoming). "Antecedents of Gray Divorce: A Life Course Perspective." Journals of Gerontology: Social Sciences.

McClain, Lauren and Susan L. Brown. (Forthcoming). "The Roles of Father Involvement and Coparenting in Relationship Quality among Cohabiting and Married Parents." Sex Roles.

Nomaguchi, Kei and Susan L. Brown. (Forthcoming). "Fathers’ Participation in Parenting and Maternal Parenting Stress: Variation by Relationship Status." Journal of Family Issues.

Wright, Matthew R. and Susan L. Brown. (Forthcoming). "Psychological Well-Being among Older Adults: The Role of Partnership Status." Journal of Marriage and Family.

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

Manning, Wendy D., Susan L. Brown, and J. Bart Stykes. (2014). "Family Complexity among Children in the United States." The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 645:48-65. PMCID: PMC4200481

Manning, Wendy D., Susan L. Brown, and Krista K. Payne. (2014). "Two Decades of Stability and Change in Age at First Union Formation." Journal of Marriage and Family 76:247-260. PMCID: PMC4136537

Stykes, J. Bart, Wendy D. Manning, and Susan L. Brown. (2013) "Nonresident Fathers and Formal Child Support: Evidence from the CPS, NSFG, and SIPP." Demographic Research 29:1299-1330. (Editor's Choice article)

Brown, Susan L. and Sayaka K. Shinohara. (2013). “Dating Relationships in Older Adulthood: A National Portrait.” Journal of Marriage and Family 75:1194-1202.

Brown, Susan L. and I-Fen Lin. (2013). “The Gray Divorce Revolution: Rising Divorce among Middle-Aged and Older Adults, 1990-2010.”  Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences 67:731-741.

Brown, Susan L., Jennifer Roebuck Bulanda, and Gary R. Lee. (2012).“Transitions into and out of Cohabitation in Later Life.” Journal of Marriage and Family 74:774-793.

Brown, Susan L. (2012). “Poverty Status and the Effects of Family Structure on Child Well-being.” Oxford Handbook on Child Development and Poverty. A volume in the Oxford Library in Psychology series. Edited by Rosalind King and Valerie Maholmes.

Manning, Wendy D. and Susan L. Brown. (2012). “Cohabitation and Parenting.”In Handbook of Father Involvement: Multidisciplinary Perspectives, 2nd edition. Edited by Natasha J. Cabrera and Catherine S. Tamis LeMonda. Psychology Press.

Lin, I-Fen and Susan L. Brown. (2012). “Unmarried Boomers Confront Old Age: A National Portrait.” The Gerontologist 52:153-165.

Booth, Alan, Susan L. Brown, Nancy S. Landale, Wendy D. Manning, and Susan M. McHale (eds). (2012). Early Adulthood in a Family Context. Springer.

Nomaguchi, Kei and Susan L. Brown. (2011). “Parental Strains and Rewards among Mothers: The Role of Education.” Journal of Marriage and Family 73:621-636.

Manning, Wendy D. and Susan L. Brown. (2011). “The Demography of Unions among Older Adults: 1980-present.” Pp. 193-212 in Handbook on the Sociology of Aging. Edited by Richard Settersten and Jacqueline Angel. Springer.

Kawamura, Sayaka and Susan L. Brown. (2010). “Mattering and Wives’ Perceived Fairness of the Division of Household Labor.” Social Science Research, 39:976-986.

Brown, Susan L. (2010). “Marriage and Child Well-being: Research and Policy Perspectives.” Journal of Marriage and Family 72:1059-1077.

Brown, Susan L. and Sayaka Kawamura. (2010). “Relationship Quality among Cohabitors and Marrieds in Older Adulthood.” Social Science Research 39:777-786.

Brown, Susan L. and Lauren N. Rinelli. (2010). “Family Structure, Family Processes, and Adolescent Smoking and Drinking.” Journal of Research on Adolescence 20:259-273.

Rinelli, Lauren N. and Susan L. Brown. (2010). “Race Differences in Union Transitions among Cohabitors: The Role of Relationship Quality.” Marriage and Family Review 46:22-40.

Brown, Susan L. and Wendy D. Manning. (2009). “Family Boundary Ambiguity and the Measurement of Family Structure: The Significance of Cohabitation.” Demography 46:85-101.