Position title: Professor, Sociology
Phone: (608) 262-1085
4452 Sewell Social Sciences
I am currently Professor of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and served as the director of the Center for Demography and Ecology (CDE) from 2016 to 2021. From 2012-2016, I served as CDE’s Associate Director for Training. As a family demographer, my primary research interests center on the associations between family contexts and the wellbeing of parents and children. My recent work has focused on aspects of family change (especially nonmarital childbearing) as linked to growing family complexity and inequality in the U.S. and increasingly in other industrialized countries; I have especially explored aspects of fathers’ roles in family life.
CDE research theme area affiliations
Demography of Inequality; Fertility, Families, and Households
Fomby, Paula, Ariane Ophir and Marcia Carlson. “Family Complexity and Children’s Behavior Problems over Two U.S. Cohorts.” Journal of Marriage and Family. Forthcoming.
Berger, Lawrence M. and Marcia Carlson. 2020. “Family Policy and Complex Contemporary Families: A Decade in Review and Implications for the Next Decade of Research and Policy Practice.” Journal of Marriage and Family 82 no. 1 (2020):478-507.
Ellerbe, Calvina, Jerrett Jones, and Marcia Carlson. “Race/Ethnic Differences in Nonresident Fathers’ Involvement after a Nonmarital Birth.” Social Science Quarterly 99, no. 3 (2018): 1158-82. NIHMS ID 938006.
Carlson, Marcia, Alicia VanOrman, and Kimberly Turner. “Fathers’ Investments of Money and Time across Residential Contexts.” Journal of Marriage and Family 79, no. 1 (2017): 10-23. PubMed Central ID 5909825.
Carlson, Marcia, and Alicia VanOrman. “Trajectories of Relationship Supportiveness after Childbirth: Does Marriage Matter?” Social Science Research 66 (2017): 102-17. PubMed Central ID 5512449.
Raymo, James, Marcia Carlson, Alicia VanOrman, So-jung Lim, Brienna Perelli-Harris, and Miho Iwasawa. “Educational Differences in Early Childbearing: A Cross-National Comparative Study.” Demographic Research 33 (2015): 65-92. PubMed Central ID 6075669.
Goldberg, Julia, and Marcia Carlson. “Patterns and Predictors of Coparenting after Unmarried Parents Part.” Journal of Family Psychology 29, no. 3 (2015): 416-26. PubMed Central ID 6057872.