Sarah Halpern-Meekin

Position title: Associate Professor, Human Development and Family Studies


Phone: (608) 262-2287

4107 Nancy Nicholas Hall
1300 Linden Drive

School of Human Ecology
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Curriculum Vitae


I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies in the School of Human Ecology. I have two central strands of research: (1) family and romantic relationships, and (2) social and welfare policy; this work is most closely related to CDE’s primary research areas of Fertility, Families and Households and the Demography of Inequality. My current projects include studies of parental relationship instability, the financial lives of low-income individuals and families, and the experiences of unmarried parents in relationship education courses. My research has been published in Journal of Marriage and Family, Journal of Family Issues, Family Relations, Social Science Research, American Sociological Review, Journal of Policy Analysis & Management, and Journal of Adolescent Research; the University of California Press and New York University Press have published my books.

CDE research theme area affiliations

Demography of Inequality; Fertility, Families, and Households

Selected Publications

Turney, Kristin, and Sarah Halpern-Meekin. “Parenting in on/Off Relationships: The Link between Relationship Churning and Father Involvement.” Demography 54, no. 3 (2017): 861-86. PubMed Central ID in process.

Halpern-Meekin, Sarah, and Kristin Turney. “Relationship Churning and Parenting Stress among Mothers and Fathers.” Journal of Marriage and Family 78, no. 3 (2016): 715-29. NIHMS ID 984221.

Warren, John Robert, Luo Liying, Andrew Halpern-Manners, James M. Raymo, and Alberto Palloni. “Do Different Methods for Modeling Age-Graded Trajectories Yield Consistent and Valid Results.” American Journal of Sociology 120, no. 6 (2015): 1809-56. PubMed Central ID 5431596.

Halpern-Manners, Andrew, John Warren, James Raymo, and Adam Nicholson. “The Impact of Work and Family Life Histories on Economic Well-Being at Older Ages.” Social Forces 93, no. 4 (2015): 1369-96. NIHMS ID 982818.