- Wolfinger, Nicholas H. (2020). Happiness and Academic Malpractice. [Website/Blog] URL https://quillette.com/2019/06/10/happiness-and-academic-malpractice/.
- Nicholas H. Wolfinger & Mary Daly, Neil Gilbert, Birgit Pfau-Effinge, and Douglas Besharov (2020). "Family Change in the Context of Social Changes in the U.S." To appear in, edited by Mary Daly, Neil Gilbert, Birgit Pfau-Effinge, and Douglas Besharov (Oxford University Press).. (pp. ??). Vol. International Handbook of Fami, Oxford University Press.
- Wolfinger, Nicholas H. (2019). Review of Unequal Family Lives: Causes and Consequences in Europe and the Americas, edited by Cahn, N.R., Carbone, J., DeRose, L.F. & Wilcox, W.B. (pp. 33-35). Vol. 49. Contemporary Sociology/Cambridge University PRess.
- Wolfinger, Nicholas H. (2019). Review of Enduring Bonds: Inequality, Marriage, Parenting, and Everything Else That Makes Families Great and Terrible, by Philip Cohen. [Website/Blog] Vol. 98, URL https://sci-hub.tw/downloads/2019-06-19/2a/10.1093@firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Wolfinger, Nicholas H. (2019). Reaching a compromise on assault weapons. The Salt Lake Tribune.
- Wolfinger, Nicholas H. (2019). Marriage Means Community Engagement: A Response to Mandy Len Catron. [Website/Blog] URL https://ifstudies.org/blog/marriage-means-community-engagement-a-response-to-mandy-len-catron.
- Wolfinger, Nicholas H. (2019). Are Married People Still Happier?. [Website/Blog] URL https://ifstudies.org/blog/are-married-people-still-happier.
- Wolfinger, Nicholas H. (2019). Trends in the Intergenerational Transmission of Divorce, 1973-2018. [Website/Blog] URL https://ifstudies.org/blog/trends-in-the-intergenerational-transmission-of-divorce-1973-2018.
- Nicholas H. Wolfinger (2019). I Know what Intersectionality Is, and I Wish it Were Less Important. [Website/Blog] URL https://quillette.com/2019/02/20/i-know-what-intersectionality-is-and-i-wish-it-were-less-important/.
- Nicholas H. Wolfinger (2018). Does Sexual History Affect Marital Happiness?. [Website/Blog] URL https://ifstudies.org/blog/does-having-children-make-people-happier-in-the-long-run.
- Nicholas H. Wolfinger (2018). Promiscuous America: Smart, Secular, and Somewhat Less Happy. [Website/Blog] URL https://ifstudies.org/blog/promiscuous-america-smart-secular-and-somewhat-less-happy.
- Nicholas H. Wolfinger (2018). Nine Decades of Promiscuity. [Website/Blog] URL https://ifstudies.org/blog/nine-decades-of-promiscuity.
- Nicholas H. Wolfinger (2018). Title IX Is an Insult to Victims of Sexual Assault. [Website/Blog] URL https://www.jamesgmartin.center/2018/01/title-ix-insult-victims-sexual-assault/.
- Nicholas H. Wolfinger (2017). Pursuit of Injustice: Further Adventures Under Title IX. [Website/Blog] URL http://quillette.com/2017/11/17/pursuit-injustice-adventures-title-ix/.
- Nicholas H. Wolfinger (2017). How We Think about the Police. [Website/Blog] URL https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/how-we-think-about-the-police_us_59d93e63e4b0cf2548b337c0.
- Nicholas H. Wolfinger (2017). How I Survived the Title IX Star Chamber. [Website/Blog] URL http://quillette.com/2017/08/24/survived-title-ix-star-chamber/.
- Nicholas H. Wolfinger (2017). America's Generation Gap in Extramarital Sex. [Website/Blog] URL https://ifstudies.org/blog/americas-generation-gap-in-extramarital-sex.
- Nicholas H. Wolfinger (2017). Sex in Red and Blue America. [Website/Blog] URL https://ifstudies.org/blog/sex-in-red-and-blue-america.
- Nicholas H. Wolfinger (2017). Why Has Married Sex Declined?. [Website/Blog] URL https://ifstudies.org/blog/why-has-married-sex-declined.
- "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.
- "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).
- 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. (2009). Can Intelligence Predict Income?. [Website/Blog] URL https://ifstudies.org/blog/can-intelligence-predict-income.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Nicholas H. Wolfinger (1999). Trends in the Intergenerational Transmission of Divorce. Demography.
- 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.
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
- "Premarital Sex and Marriage Timing" Accepted for poster at 2020 annual meeting of Population Association of America. Poster, Accepted, 01/2020.
- "Premarital Sex and Marriage Timing" Accepted for poster at 2020 annual meeting of Population Association of America. Poster, Accepted, 01/2020.
- "Steady-State Inequality? Income Trends for Single Mothers" (w/ M. McKeever). Presented at the 2019 annual meeting of the Population Association of America. Poster, Presented, 04/11/2019.
- "Steady-State Inequality? Income Trends for Single Mothers" (with M. McKeever). Presented at the University of Virginia. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 03/25/2019.
- "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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