I am currently involved in three research projects. With Matthew McKeever (Mount Holyoke College) I am studying trends in the economics of single motherhood. Mary Ann Mason, Marc Goulden (both at the University of California, Berkeley) and I are studying the effects of children on women’s academic careers. W. Bradford Wilcox (University of Virginia) and I are investigating the relationship between religious participation, marriage, and well-being.
Much of my previous research examined the intergenerational transmission of divorce--why people from divorced families are likely to end their own marriages. Articles based on this work have been published in Demography, Journal of Family Issues, Social Forces, and Social Science Research; a book, Understanding the Divorce Cycle, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2005.
Most of my work involves multivariate analysis of data from national sample surveys. I also use ethnographic methods
- "Having it All: Gender Equity and Work-life Balance in Science" Keynote address at the Santa Cruz Developmental Biology conference. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 08/14/2016.
- "Did Welfare Reform Work? The Future Of The Safety Net" Manhattan Institute.
- "Faith and family life among African Americans and Latinos in America" Book panel, Soul Mates: Religion, Sex, Love, and Marriage among African Americans and Latinos, American Enterprise Institute, Washington, DC.
- Author-meets-critic session, "Do Babies Matter? Gender and Family in the Ivory Tower," annual meeting of the Work Family Researchers Network. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 06/2014.
- "Do Babies Matter? Gender & Family in the Ivory Tower." Edie Kochenour Memorial Lecture, University of Utah.
- Matthew McKeever and Nicholas H. Wolfinger. "Income Trends for Married, Divorced, and Never-Married Mothers, 1979-2006." Paper presented at the 2011 annual meeting of the American Sociological Association, Las Vegas. Presentation, Presented, 08/2011.
- Christopher G. Ellison, Nicholas H. Wolfinger, and Aida Ramos-Wada. “Attitudes toward Marriage, Divorce, Cohabitation, and Casual Sex among Working-Age Latinos: Does Religion Matter?" Paper presented at the 2011 annual meeting of the Population Association of America, Washington, DC. Presentation, Presented, 03/2011.
- McKeever, Matthew and Nicholas H. Wolfinger. 2008. "Changing Determinants of Income for Married, Divorced, and Never-Married Mothers." Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association, Boston. Conference Paper, Presented, 2008.
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- "Milo Goes to College" Huffington Post.
- "Hey Guys, Put a Ring on It" National Review.
- "Men & Marriage: Debunking the Ball and Chain Myth" Institute for Family Studies research brief.
- "New Research on the Intergenerational Transmission of Divorce" Family Studies Blog.
- "An Idiot’s Guide to Progressive Activism in the Age of Trump" Huffington Post.
- "Why I'm a Liberal" Huffington Post.
- "Real Insights About Porn Real Insights About Pornography and Marriage" Family Studies Blog.
- "Counterintuitive Trends in the Link Between Premarital Sex and Marital Stability" Family Studies Blog.
- "The Latino Marriage Paradox' First Things.
- "How to Talk about Single Motherhood' The Family Studies Blog.
- "Explaining Trump" Huffington Post .
- "Look Beyond Ferguson and Baltimore: The Good News about Black Men" National Review.
- "How the Church Helps Black Men Flourish in America." The Atlantic.
- "Better Together: Religious Attendance, Gender, and Relationship Quality.".
- Soul Mates: Religion, Sex, Love & Marriage among African-Americans and Latinos. New York: Oxford University Press (with W. B. Wilcox).
- "One Nation, Divided: Culture, Civic Institutions, and the Marriage Divide." The Future of Children 25:111-127 (with W. B. Wilcox and C. E. Stokes).
- "To Save Lives, Make Peace with Assad Now." Huffington Post.
- "More than Money: The Liberal-Conservative Divide in Marriage." The Family Studies Blog.
- "Republicans Have Happier Marriages. How Should Democrats React?" Huffington Post.
- "What is a Single Mother?" National Review.
- "Red Families vs. Blue Families: Which Are Happier?" The Family Studies Blog.
- "Replicating the Goldilocks Theory of Marriage and Divorce." The Family Studies Blog.
- "Want to Avoid Divorce? Wait to Get Married, But Not Too Long." The Family Studies Blog.
- "The Changing Economics of Single Motherhood." Pacific Standard.
- "Sex and Divorce: What's the Connection?" Family Studies. The Blog of the Institute for Family Studies.
- "How to Talk to Strangers." The Academe Blog, American Association of University Professors.
- Under contract. The Changing Economics of Single Motherhood. New York: Oxford University Press (with M. McKeever). In progress, 02/2014.
- "For Female Scientists, There's No Good Time to Have Children." The Atlantic.
- 2013. Do Babies Matter? Gender and Family in the Ivory Tower. New Jersey: Rutgers University Press (with M. A. Mason and M. Goulden).
- “Attitudes Toward Marriage and Cohabitation among Working-Age Latinos: Does Religion Matter?” Journal of Family Issues 34:295-322 (with C. E. Ellison and A. I. Ramos-Wada).
- 2012. “Over the Long Haul: The Persistent Economic Consequences of Single Motherhood.” Pp. 1-39 in Economic Stress and the Family, edited by S. L. Blair. Bingley, UK: Emerald Publishing (with M. McKeever).
- 2011. "Broken Boundaries or Broken Marriages? Racial Intermarriage and Divorce in the United States." Social Science Quarterly 92:1096-1117. Published, 12/2011.
- "Marriage and Divorce.” Annotated bibliography. Oxford Bibliographies Online: Sociology, edited by J. Manza. New York: Oxford University Press.
- 2011. “Parental Divorce and Offspring Religious Behavior: Evidence from the General Social Survey.” Review of Religious Research (with H.-H. Lau). 53:85–103. Published, 05/2011.
- 2011. “Joint Physical Custody and Neighborhood Friendships in Middle Childhood.” Sociological Inquiry (with A. Prazen, L. Kowaleski-Jones, and C. Cahill). 81:247–259. Published, 05/2011.
- 2011. “More Evidence for Trends in the Intergenerational Transmission of Divorce: A Completed Cohort Approach Using Data from the General Social Survey.” Demography. 48:581–592.
- 2011. “Thanks for Nothing: Income and Labor Force Participation for Never-Married Mothers since 1982.” Social Science Research 40:63-76 (with M. McKeever).
- 2010. "Bendito Amor (‘Blessed Love’): Religion and Relationships among Married and Unmarried Latinos in Urban America." The Journal of Latino-Latin American Studies 3:171-188 (with W. B. Wilcox and E. I. Hernández). Published, 07/2010.
- 2010. “Alone in the Ivory Tower.” Journal of Family Issues 31:1652-1670 (with M. Goulden and M. A. Mason). Published, 06/2010.
- N. H. Wolfinger, M. A. Mason, and M. Goulden. 2009. “‘Stay in the Game’: Gender, Family Formation, and Alternative Trajectories in the Academic Life Course.” Social Forces 87:1591-1621.
- Wolfinger, Nicholas H. and W. Bradford Wilcox. 2008. “Happily Ever After? Religion, Marital Status, Gender, and Relationship Quality in Urban Families.” Social Forces 86:1311-1337. Published, 08/2008.
- Wolfinger, Nicholas H. and Raymond E. Wolfinger. 2008. “Family Structure and Voter Turnout.” Social Forces 86:1513-1528. Published, 06/2008.
- Wilcox, W. Bradford and Nicholas H. Wolfinger. 2008. “Living and Loving “Decent”: Religion and Relationship Quality among Urban Parents.” Social Science Research 37:828–843 . Published, 06/2008.
- Shaff, Kimberly A., Nicholas H. Wolfinger, Lori Kowaleski-Jones, and Ken Smith. 2008. “Family Structure Transitions and Child Achievement.” Sociological Spectrum 28:681-704. Published, 06/2008.
- Wolfinger, Nicholas H., Mary Ann Mason, and Marc Goulden. 2008. “Problems in the Pipeline: Gender, Marriage, and Fertility in the Ivory Tower.” The Journal of Higher Education 79:388-405. Published, 06/2008.
- N. H. Wolfinger. 2007. Review of Divorce: Causes and Consequences, by A. Clarke-Stewart and C. Brentano. Contemporary Sociology 36:345-346.
- Wolfinger, Nicholas H. 2007. “Does the Rebound Effect Exist? Time to Remarriage and Subsequent Union Stability.” Journal of Divorce & Remarriage 46:9-20. Published, 09/2007.
- Wilcox, W. Bradford and Nicholas H. Wolfinger. 2007. “Then Comes Marriage? Religion and Marriage in Urban America.” Social Science Research 36:569-589.
- Wolfinger, Nicholas H. 2007. “Hello and Goodbye to Divorce Reform.” Report of the National Council on Family Relations 52:16-17. Other, 2007.
- M. A. Mason, M. Goulden, and N. H. Wolfinger. 2006. “Babies Matter: Pushing the Gender Equity Revolution Forward.” Pp. 9-30 in The Balancing Act: Gendered Perspectives in Faculty Roles and Work Lives, edited by S. J. Bracken et al. Sterling, VA: Stylus.
- L. Kowaleski-Jones and N. H. Wolfinger, editors. 2005. Fragile Families and the Marriage Agenda. New York: Springer (authorship ordered alphabetically).
- N. H. Wolfinger. 2005. Understanding the Divorce Cycle: The Children of Divorce in Their Own Marriages. New York: Cambridge University Press.
- N. H. Wolfinger, L. Kowaleski-Jones and K. R. Smith. 2004. “Double Impact: What Sibling Data Can Tell Us about the Negative Effects of Parental Divorce.” Social Biology 50:58-76.
- M. A. Mason, S. H. Jay, G. Messick-Svare, and N. H. Wolfinger. 2002. “Stepparents: De Facto Parents or Legal Strangers?” Journal of Family Issues 23:507-522 (Mason is lead, others ordered alphabetically).
- N. H. Wolfinger. 2002. “On Writing Field Notes: Background Expectancies and Collection Strategies.” Qualitative Research 2:85-95.
- W. M. Mason and N. H. Wolfinger. 2001. “Cohort Analysis.” Pp. 2189-2194 in International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences, edited by N. J. Smelser and P. B. Baltes. Amsterdam: Elsevier Science. Published, 11/2001.
- M. McKeever and N. H. Wolfinger. 2001. “Reexamining the Economic Consequences of Marital Disruption for Women.” Social Science Quarterly 82:202-217.
- N. H. Wolfinger. 2000. “Beyond the Intergenerational Transmission of Divorce: Do People Replicate the Patterns of Marital Instability They Grew Up With?” Journal of Family Issues 21:1062-1086.
- N. H. Wolfinger. 1999. “Trends in the Intergenerational Transmission of Divorce.” Demography 36:415-420.
- N. H. Wolfinger. 1998. “The Effects of Parental Divorce on Adult Tobacco and Alcohol Consumption.” Journal of Health and Social Behavior 39:254-270.
- “The Different Voices of Gender: Social Recognition.” Current Research in Social Psychology 2:50-65. Published, 06/1997.
- N. H. Wolfinger. 1995. “Passing Moments: Some Social Dynamics of Pedestrian Interaction.” Journal of Contemporary Ethnography 24:323-340.
- N. H. Wolfinger, J. Rabow and M. D. Newcomb. 1994. “Reexamining Personal and Situational Factors in Drunk Driving Interventions.” Journal of Applied Social Psychology 24:1627-1639.