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Our Outstanding Faculty and Students are Often Making News
BGSU Sociology research is regularly featured in the national media, and our faculty provide leading media outlets with expert insights on current events. Our faculty and students are frequently recognized for their exceptional research, teaching, and service contributions to the field. Check this page regularly to learn about the latest accolades and media appearances featuring BGSU Sociology. 
Thank you, Dr. Howard Aldrich, for your continued support!
Sociology alumnus Dr. Howard Aldrich '65, award-winning teacher and Kenan Professor of Sociology at UNC-Chapel Hill, attended the BGSU campaign kickoff event in the newly renovated University Hall during homecoming weekend. Professors Susan Brown (left) and Wendy Manning (right) are pictured with Dr. Aldrich and Frieda Falcon.
(l to r) Dr. Susan Brown, Dr. Howard Aldrich, Frieda Falcon, and Dr. Wendy Manning
Congratulations to Jen, Peggy, Monica, and Wendy!
We want to congratulate Jennifer Copp (assistant professor at Florida State University), Peggy Giordano (BGSU distinguished professor emeritus), Monica Longmore (BGSU professor), and Wendy Manning (BGSU distinguished professor) on the recent release of "Living with Parents and Emerging Adults' Depressive Symptoms" in Journal of Family Issues. Using the Toledo Adolescent Relationships Study (TARS), the research team analyzed depressive symptoms among emerging adults who (a) never left the parental home, (b) returned to the parental home, and (c) were not currently living with a parent.
BGSU researchers ask "How stable are the relationships for different couple types?"
Kara Joyner and Wendy Manning, professors of sociology, and Ryan Bogle, graduate research assistant, analyze data collected through the NLS Add Health to examine the stability of same-sex verus different-sex relationships.
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families in america coverSusan Brown Addresses Women's Research Network (WRN)

Professor and Chair of Sociology Susan L. Brown spoke with BGSU's WRN about her new publication, "Families in America." Drawing on research presented in her book, Brown discussed key patterns of family stability and change over time.


Five PhDs hooded by their faculty advisors

Congratulations to our graduate students who earned their Doctoral degrees on Saturday, August 5th during BGSU's 289th commencement ceremony.

Photo left to right...

  • Karen Guzzo (advisor)
  • Saima Bashir
  • Danielle Kuhl (advisor)
  • Jessica Ziegler
  • Susan Brown (advisor)
  • Matthew Wright


  • Monica Longmore (advisor)
  • Jessica Finkeldey
  • Raymond Swisher (advisor)
  • Christopher Dennison
Colleagues' research published in Journal of Family Issues (JFI)
Sample pathways into higher-order unions and stepfamilies.
Karen Benjamin Guzzo, associate professor, was recently published in the Journal of Family Issues (JFI) for her research article, "Shifts in Higher-Order Unions and Stepfamilies Among Currently Cohabiting and Married Women of Childbearing Age." In her research, Guzzo uses 1988 and 2011-2013 cycles of the National Survey of Family Growth (NSFG) to examine the proportion of current cohabitations and marriages that are higher-order unions (e.g., remarriages, first marriages among those with prior cohabitations, and second or higher cohabitations) and stepfamilies among women aged 15 to 44 years.  
L-R: Wendy Manning, Susan Brown, and Krista Payne
Professors Susan L. Brown and Wendy D. Manning and Social Science Data Analyst Krista K. Payne's article "Relationship Quality Among Cohabiting Versus Married Couples" was recently published in the Journal of Family Issues (JFI). Using data from the nationally representative 2010 Married and Cohabiting Couples Survey of different-sex cohabiting and married couples, the team compares the relationship quality of today’s cohabitors and marrieds.
Social Forces names "Contested Domains" as one of 5 highly cited articles

Peggy Giordano, Jennifer Copp, Monica Longmore, & Wendy Manning's article, "Contested Domains, Verbal "Amplifiers," and Intimate Partner Violence in Young Adulthood," was recently named in the list of Top 5 Highly Cited Articles published by Social Forces.

Contested Domains, Verbal "Amplifiers," and Intimate Partner Violence in Young Adulthood

Read Top 5 Highly Cited Articles
Social Forces


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The Last of the Platinum Anniversary Couples
Researchers at Bowling Green State University say fewer than 1% of married couples stay together for 70 years and that in the future, -- platinum anniversaries -- will become even more unusual; people are waiting longer to get married and won't live long enough to reach the seven-decade milestone.

Detroit Free Press

Chair of Sociology Dr. Susan Brown discusses Boomers and cohabitation with NPR

" of the key drivers in this shift is the “Gray Divorce Revolution”

Susan Brown recently spoke with AirTalk 89.3 KPCC about Baby Boomers and their attitudes toward cohabitation.

Karen Guzzo Receives 2017 Olscamp Research Award


Congratulations, Karen Guzzo, recipient of this year's Olscamp Research Award. Guzzo’s research productivity during the past three years is truly outstanding, said her nominators Susan Brown and Wending Manning, sociology, and Dr. Jennifer Barber, University of Michigan, and Dr. Marcia Colson, University of Wisconsin, who echoed strong support for her significant work. Her leadership and national recognition in the sociology field only has grown through her impressive achievements during this period, including numerous high-quality publications as well as a federal grant award from the National Institutes of Health totaling more than $1 million. Read more...


Department recognized for outstanding contributions to education

The Department of Sociology was recently honored with the Faculty Senate Unit Recognition Award at the Faculty Excellence Awards Ceremony and Reception April 13. The award recognizes a unit that makes an outstanding contribution to the educational environment at BGSU. Department Chair Susan Brown (pictured front, center) submitted the nomination.

“The successes of our students in the research arena is due to the commitment and dedication of our faculty,” Brown wrote. “Our faculty are investing in undergraduate research and the payoff is significant, both for our department and for the institution as a whole. We are training outstanding undergraduate researchers, which provides students with marketable skills they can use on the job or as they further their education.”

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Front Row, L-R: Kelly Balistreri, Karen Guzzo, Susan Brown, I-Fen Lin, Kei Nomaguchi. Back Row, L-R: Wendy Manning, Raymond Swisher, and Steve Demuth
Are married parents more likely to stay together than cohabiting ones?
AKD President Michele Kozimor-King delivers keynote address during induction ceremony
The International Sociology Honor Society, Alpha Kappa Delta (AKD), inducted eight new members during the spring 2017 ceremony. AKD President and Keynote Speaker Michele-Kozimor-King addressed the large group of Department of Sociology undergraduate and graduate students and faculty members.
AKD President and Keynote Speaker Michele Kozimor-King explains the new policy for cell phone use in the classroom
Undergraduate, graduate, and faculty attend AKD ceremony
2017 AKD spring inductees
Guzzo research published in Demography
Using the 2006–2010 National Survey of Family Growth and event-history models, Karen Benjamin Guzzo examines the role of stepfamily status on cohabiting and married women’s fertility and birth intendedness, with attention to union type and stepfamily configuration.
Is Stepfamily Status Associated With Cohabiting and Married Women's Fertility Behaviors?
"Marriage is much more selective today," says Susan Brown
" the average age for first-time spouses is higher than ever (age 27+, up from age 20 in the 1970s)."
Americans are spending less time than ever in the married state, says Susan Brown
"...who's going to care for these people as they age and experience health declines?"
Sociology professors garner nearly $2 million in grants
Wendy D. Manning, Distinguished Research Professor of Sociology, Peggy C. Giordano, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Sociology, and Monica A. Longmore, Professor of Sociology, wrote three grants totaling nearly $2 million. The three professors, who also are close friends, have been working together on research at the University since the late 1990s.
L to R: Colleagues and friends Wendy Manning, Peggy Giordano, and Monica Longmore
People see staying single as a 'survival strategy'


Gary R. Lee, professor emeritus, finds marriage is becoming less feasible for young people because of economic uncertainty.