Sarah Halpern-Meekin

Position title: Professor, Human Development & Family Studies and the La Follette School of Public Affairs


Phone: (608) 262-2287

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1300 Linden Drive

School of Human Ecology
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Curriculum Vitae


I am a Professor of Human Development and Family Studies and Public Affairs. 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

Halpern-Meekin, S. (2020). Social Poverty and Relational Resources. Contexts, 19(2), 40-45.

Turney, K. & Halpern-Meekin, S. (2020). Parental Relationship Churning and Adolescent Well-Being: Examining Instability Within Families. Journal of Marriage and Family82(3), 965-980. 

Halpern-Meekin, S., Costanzo, M., Ehrenthal, D., & Rhoades, G. (2019). Intimate Partner Violence Screening in the Prenatal Period: Variation by State, Insurance, and Patient Characteristics. Maternal and Child Health Review, 23(6), 756–767.

Tach, L., Halpern-Meekin, S., Edin, K., & Amorim, M. (2019). As Good as Money in the Bank”: Building a Personal Safety Net with the Earned Income Tax Credit. Social Problems66(2), 274-293.

Halpern-Meekin, S. & Turney, K. (2018). Relationship Churning and Desistance From Intimate Abuse. Journal of Interpersonal Violence36(11-12), 5685–5708.