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Wednesday, March 29, 2023
12:30 -4:30 pm ET
Online via Zoom

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The share of the U.S. adult population that is single continues to rise as adults increasingly delay marriage, levels of divorce remain high, and remarriage entry is plummeting. Roughly 40% of adults in the U.S. are neither married nor cohabiting, yet singlehood is largely overlooked by demographers and family scientists. The 2023 symposium features three scholars who are on the cutting-edge of this emergent area of research. The speakers will address the most recent theoretical, methodological, and empirical developments in the study of singlehood across diverse U.S. contexts. The overarching goal of the symposium is to stimulate innovative research on singlehood across the life course, which remains understudied despite rapid growth in the unmarried population. This symposium will move the field forward by helping us to decipher the contours of singlehood and elucidate important directions for future research.
This symposium is free but pre-registration is required.   

Guest Speakers:

“The Love Jones Cohort: Examining the Lifestyle of Those Single and Living Alone in the Black Middle Class"
Kris Marsh, PhD

Associate Professor of Sociology
Department of Sociology
University of Maryland

“Opting out of Marriage? Factors Predicting Non-Marriage by Midlife across Race, Ethnicity, and Gender”
Xing Zhang, PhD
Assistant Professor of Population Health
College of Health Solutions
Arizona State University

"Single But Not Alone: Queering Family Relationships"
Erin S. Lavender-Stott, PhD
Assistant Professor of Human Development & Family Studies
School of Education, Counseling, & Human Development
South Dakota State University

Past Symposia

Updated: 03/31/2023 04:25PM