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Associate Director for Training, CDE
4446 Sewell Social Sciences
Office Hours: T 10-11 (Spr'13)
Carlson, Marcia J. and Paula England, editors. 2011. Social Class and Changing Families in an Unequal America. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press.
Turney, Kristin and Marcia J. Carlson. 2011. "Multipartnered Fertility and Depression among Fragile Families." Journal of Marriage and Family 73(3):570-587.
Carlson, Marcia J., Natasha V. Pilkauskas, Sara S. McLanahan and Jeanne Brooks-Gunn. 2011. "Couples as Partners and Parents over Children's Early Years." Journal of Marriage and Family 73(2): 317-334.
Carlson, Marcia J. and Katherine A. Magnuson. 2011. "Low-Income Fathers’ Influence on Children." Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 635: 95-116.
Högnäs, Robin S. and Marcia J. Carlson. 2010. "Intergenerational Relationships and Union Stability in Fragile Families." Journal of Marriage and Family 72(5):1220-1233.
Carlson, Marcia J. and Sara S. McLanahan. 2010. "Fathers in Fragile Families." Pp. 241-269 in The Role of the Father in Child Development, fifth edition, edited by Michael E. Lamb. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley & Sons.
Ph.D., University of Michigan,1999
Research Interest Statement:
Carlson's recent work is focused on union formation, fertility, parenting and child wellbeing, particularly among unmarried-parent families. Given the rising fraction of births that occur outside of marriage—and the limited information about such parents and children over time, her research sheds light on the new (and often complicated) family circumstances within this growing demographic group. For example, a recent paper (with Frank Furstenberg) points to the high prevalence of 'multi-partnered fertility'—or, parents having children by more than one partner—among unmarried parents, which has implications for population research (i.e. how we 'count' families that span across households) and for public policies intended to serve low-income families.
Trajectories and Consequences of Nonmarital Fathering project web site