Fenaba Addo

Position title: Lorna Jorgenson Wendt Associate Professor in Money, Relationships, and Equality (MORE)

Email: faddo@wisc.edu

Phone: (608) 262-2831

4204 Nancy Nicholas Hall
1300 Linden Drive

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My research focuses on how economic deprivation influences family functioning and contributes to inequitable health and well-being outcomes. I have a special interest in economically vulnerable populations, including women and children, low-income families, young adults, and people from racial and ethnic minority groups. Recent work explores how negative net wealth and inequality of wealth can contribute to worsening health outcomes during the Great Recession. I have also examined how marriage and marital histories impact women’s health in midlife and their children’s health and educational outcomes. As a quantitative researcher, I have considerable experience analyzing both large cross-sectional and longitudinal data sets.

CDE research theme area affiliations

Fertility, Families and Households; the Demography of Inequality; Health and the Life Course

Selected Publications

Su, Jessia Houston, and Fenaba Addo. “Born without a Silver Spoon: Race, Wealth, and Unintended Childbearing.” Journal of Family and Economic Issues  (2018): online first. NIHMS ID 980019.

Perelli-Harris, Brienna, Stefanie Hoherz, Fenaba Addo, Trude Lappegård, Ann Evans, and Marta Styrc. “Do Marriage and Cohabitation Provide Benefits to Health in Mid-Life? The Role of Childhood Selection Mechanisms and Partnership Characteristics across Countries.” Population Research and Policy Review  (2018). NIHMS ID 980014.

Houle, Jason, and Fenaba Addo. “Racial Disparities in Student Debt and the Reproduction of the Fragile Black Middle Class.” Sociology of Race and Ethnicity online first (2018).

Addo, Fenaba. “Financial Integration and Relationship Transitions of Young Adult Cohabiters.” Journal of Family and Economic Issues 38, no. 1 (2017): 84-99.

Addo, Fenaba. “Seeking Relief: Bankruptcy and Health Outcomes of Adult Women.” SSM – Population Health 3 (2017): 326-34. PubMed Central ID 5769037.

Addo, Fenaba, Sharon Sassler, and Kristi Williams. “Reexamining the Association of Maternal Age and Marital Status at First Birth with Youth Educational Attainment.” Journal of Marriage and Family 78, no. 5 (2016): 1252-68. PubMed Central ID 5198901.

Addo, Fenaba, Jason N. Houle, and Daniel Simon. “Young, Black, and (Still) in the Red: Parental Wealth, Race, and Student Loan Debt.” Race and Social Problems 8, no. 1 (2016): 64-76.

Williams, Kristi, Sharon Sassler, Fenaba Addo, and Adrianne Frech. “First-Birth Timing, Marital History, and Women’s Health at Midlife.” Journal of Health and Social Behavior 56, no. 4 (2015): 514-33. PubMed Central ID 6045914. NIHMS ID 980013.

Addo, Fenaba. “Debt, Cohabitation, and Marriage in Young Adulthood.” Demography 51, no. 5 (2014): 1677-701.