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Christine Percheski

Assistant Professor of Sociology

Area(s) of Interest

Family, Demography, Stratification and Social Inequality, Work and Occupations, Health


Using demographic and other quantitative methods, Christine Percheski studies how recent and ongoing changes in family life are related to changing patterns of social inequality in the United States.

Percheski's previous work has considered questions such as whether becoming a father affects employment differently for married and unmarried men, how increases in family income inequality are related to increasing women's employment and single motherhood, how employment patterns have changed across birth cohorts of college-educated women in professional occupations, and how childhood family experiences are associated with non-marital births during early adulthood. Percheski has also examined the relationship between family characteristics and social inequality in several domains including poverty risk during the recent recession, health insurance coverage for adults, and health care utilization among children.

Percheski's current research portfolio includes an NSF-funded examination of wealth inequality in the United States. In collaboration with Christina Gibson-Davis, Percheski is assessing trends in the wealth of households with children relative to the elderly, variations in wealth by family structure, and racial gaps in wealth poverty.

Additional ongoing projects include investigations of 1) cohort change in the associations between educational attainment and age at first birth; 2) declines in Native American / American Indian women's fertility; and 3) impacts of the Great Recession on sexual and contraceptive behavior among unmarried women and men.

Courses Taught

SOCIOL 101-6: American Families after the Sexual Revolution Syllabus

SOCIOL 210: Families and Society Syllabus

SOCIOL 305: Demography Syllabus

SOCIOL 310: Family and Social Learning

SOCIOL 376: Families: A Global Approach Syllabus

SOCIOL 476: Topics in Sociological: Analysis: Sociology of Families Syllabus


Deciding to Wait: Partnership Status, Economic Conditions, and Pregnancy During the Great Recession
With Rachel Kimbro; Sociological Science 2017

Children Living with Uninsured Family Members: Differences by Family Structure
With Sharon Bzostek; Journal of Marriage and Family 2016

Health Insurance Coverage within Sibships: Prevalence of Mixed Coverage and Associations with Health Care Utilization
With Sharon Bzostek; Social Science & Medicine 2013

Income Inequality: New Trends and Research Directions
With Leslie McCall; Annual Review of Sociology  2010

Becoming a Dad: Employment Trajectories of Married, Cohabiting, and Non-resident Fathers
With Christopher Wildeman; Social Science Quarterly 2008

Opting Out? Cohort Differences in Professional Women’s Employment Rates from 1960 to 2005
American Sociological Review 2008

Associations of Childhood Religious Attendance, Family Structure, and Nonmarital Fertility across Cohorts
With Christopher Wildeman; Journal of Marriage and Family 2009

Family Structure and the Reproduction of Inequalities
With Sara McLanahan; Annual Review of Sociology 2008

Inequality among American Families with Children: 1975-2005
With Bruce Western and Deirdre Bloome; American Sociological Review 2008

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