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Christine Percheski

Associate 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 examined the relationship between family characteristics and social inequality in several domains including income and wealth inequality in the United States, employment patterns among mothers and fathers, health insurance coverage for adults, and health care utilization among children.

Percheski’s current research portfolio includes investigations of 1) racial and ethnic wealth gaps among families with children;  2) cohort change in the associations between childhood family resources and family formation in young adulthood; 3) impacts of local economic conditions on sexual and contraceptive behavior among unmarried women and men; 4) the effects of state insurance investments on wealth inequality in children’s development. 

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


Children and the Elderly: Wealth Inequality among America’s Dependents. With Christina Gibson-Davis; Demography 2018.

Marriage, Family Structure, and Maternal Employment TrajectoriesSocial Forces 2018.

Public Health Insurance and Health Care Utilization for Children in Immigrant Families. With Sharon Bzostek; Maternal & Child Health Journal 2017.

Fertility Change in the American Indian /Alaska Native Population, 1980-2010. With Sarah Cannon; Demographic Research 2017. 

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

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

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

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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