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Director, Center for Demography and Ecology
4452 Sewell Social Sciences
Goldberg, Julia S. and Marcia J. Carlson. 2015. "Patterns and Predictors of Coparenting after Unmarried Parents Part." Journal of Family Psychology 29(3): 416-426.
Goldberg, Julia S. and Marcia J. Carlson. 2014. "Parents' Relationship Quality and Children’s Behavior in Stable Married and Cohabiting Families." Journal of Marriage and Family 76(4): 762-777.
Thomson, Elizabeth, Trude Lappegård, Marcia Carlson, Ann Evans, and Edith Gray. 2014. "Childbearing across Partnerships in Australia, the United States, Norway and Sweden." Demography 51(2): 485-508.
Carlson, Marcia J., Alicia G. VanOrman, and Natasha V. Pilkauskas. 2013. "Examining the Antecedents of U.S. Nonmarital Fatherhood." Demography 50(4):1421-1447.
Carlson, Marcia J. and Lawrence M. Berger. 2013. "What Kids Get from Parents: Packages of Parental Involvement across Complex Family Forms." Social Service Review 87(2):213-249.
Bzostek, Sharon H., Sara S. McLanahan and Marcia J. Carlson. 2012. "Mothers' Repartnering after a Nonmarital Birth." Social Forces 90(3):817-841. (PMCID: 3454453)
Carlson, Marcia J. and Paula England, editors. 2011. Social Class and Changing Families in an Unequal America. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press.
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.