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 the employment patterns of new mothers vary by whether they are married, cohabiting or lone mothers, how increases in family income inequality are related to increasing women's employment and single motherhood, and how employment patterns have changed across birth cohorts of college-educated women in professional occupations. In her current research, Percheski is examining 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. She is also investigating changes in American women's fertility patterns and why the percentage of men in nursing varies substantially across cities in the United States.
Assistant Professor of Sociology