2017 Archive

Trio examine stepfamilies in later life
Professors I-Fen Lin and Susan L. Brown and Cassandra J. Cupka's, (MA), research finds "Roughly 40% of middle-aged and older couples with children were in stepfamilies."

The Journals of Gerontology

Graduate students participate in 11th annual OSU/BGSU student conference
Conference organizers (l to r) Paul Hemez (BGSU), Rachel Arocho (OSU), and Kasey Eickmeyer (BGSU)

Lucky 13 graduate students presented at the 11th Annual OSU/BGSU Student Conference on Population held Friday, October 27th at OSU's Institute for Population Research (IPR). Thanks to all participants and those who attended the conference and supported our students. The Center for Family and Demographic Research at BGSU is looking forward to hosting #12 next year.

Chicago Tribune features research by Susan Brown and Matthew Wright

Susan L. Brown and Matthew Wright address the dramatic increase in the number of older cohabiters in a recent Chicago Tribune article.

The relatively little data that exist on who assumes responsibility for frail elders outside marriage is unsettling, said Brown and a former student, Matthew Wright, whose doctoral dissertation looked at adult children and their cohabiting parents.
Susan Brown, professor & chair of sociology, and Matthew Wright, BG alumnus '17 & assistant professor at Arkansas State University
BG alumni ('12) examine prison overcrowding and incarceration
Julia Mack and Nicole Shoenberger, both 2012 alum, discuss incarceration in relation to Day Reporting Centers.

Nicole Shoenberger, Assistant Professor of Sociology at Penn State Behrend, and Julia Mack, Director of the Criminal Justice Program & Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at Gannon University, were recently asked to examine Erie County incarceration and probation/parole in relation to Day Reporting Centers. Specifically, could the use of Day Reporting Centers in Erie County alleviate some of the overcrowding in the prison, reduce recidivism, etc? Shoenberger and Mack, along with two additional academics, presented on the topic to the county board in Erie County PA.

Nine graduate students earn degrees during 289th commencement ceremony


Five graduate students earned PhDs, and four earned MA degrees during the morning commencement ceremony on Saturday, August 5. Congratulations to all of our students!

Students receiving doctoral degrees include (top photo, left to right):

  • Matthew Wright
  • Saima Bashir
  • Jessica Ziegler
  • Christopher Dennison
  • Jessica Finkeldey

Students receiving Master of Arts degrees include (bottom photo, left to right):

  • Paul Hemez
  • Kyla Campbell
  • Marissa Landeis
  • Jennifer McMillin
Matthew Wright Receives Adamchak Award
(left to right) Wendy Manning, Susan Brown, Matthew Wright, Laura Sanchez, & Karen Guzzo
Congratulations to PhD candidate Matthew Wright who is the 2017 Adamchak Award recipient. Established by Donald and Susan Adamchak (former recipients of BGSU sociology PhD and Master's degrees, respectively), this award recognizes a graduate student's research excellence in demography.
NYT cites Matthew Wright's #PAA2017 research
Reporting from the #PAA2017 annual meeting, The New York Times cites Matthew Wright's, PhD candidate, research presented at the #PAA2017 annual meeting. Wright's research finds cohabiters had less frequent contact with their children, and less positive relationships, than continuously married or widowed parents. 
Three sociology graduate students recognized by Graduate College for their excellence in teaching and research
Jen Copp, Distinguished Dissertation Award
Marshal Fettro, Distinguished Thesis Award

Our students did us proud last night at the annual Graduate Student Awards Ceremony.  

  • Jennifer Copp, PhD '14, Distinguished Dissertation Award (Peggy Giordano, chair). Copp is now an Assistant Professor at Florida State University.
  • Marshal Fettro, PhD candidate Distinguished Thesis Award (Kei Nomaguchi, chair)
  • Barbara F. Prince, PhD candidate, Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award (Kara Joyner, chair)
Barbara Prince (r) accepts The 2016 Graduate Student Teaching Award
Anderson's new research featured in Bloomberg
Lydia Anderson, graduate research assistant, compares Boomers to Millennials using U.S. Census data from the '80s and ACS data from 2015. Her results reveal differences in how young Americans live today compared to 30 years ago.

Young Americans Are Killing Marriage

Rachel Wolsey and seven undergraduate students inducted into AKD
Graduate student Rachel L. Wolsey (far right) and undergraduate student inductees
The International Sociology Honor Society, Alpha Kappa Delta (AKD), inducted graduate student Rachel L. Wolsey and seven undergraduate students during the spring 2017 ceremony. AKD President Michele-Kozimor-King delivered the keynote address.
Recruitment weekend a BiG success!
Recruitment potluck enjoyed by all!
Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies Steve Demuth welcomes visitors during recruitment weekend
Elizabethtown graduate Miranda Sweetman checks out graduate program during BG recruitment weekend
Anderson's research reveals young Americans waiting much longer to marry
Today, the average age for a first marriage for women is 27 years old, and for men it’s 29 years old. In major cities like New York, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C., that age is even higher, finds Lydia Anderson, graduate research assistant.
Lydia Anderson examines poverty among Ohio's young children
"In 2014, more than a quarter (27.5%) of Ohio's young children lived in poverty."
Blacks leave Toledo to return to the South
Six percent of black adults who lived in Ohio from 2010 to 2014 moved out of the state, with nearly three fifths choosing to go south, finds graduate research assistant Paul Hemez.
Anderson and Lee address Millennials and marriage
Lydia Anderson, graduate research assistant, and Gary Lee's, professor emeritus, research on Millennials and marriage appears in national media outlets.