Position title: Assistant Professor, Sociology
1180 Observatory Drive
Madison, WI 53706
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My primary research agenda is focused on understanding how social policy and contextual stressors influence health and fertility. In my work I develop and employ novel methodology to examine the effects of policies, environments, and events on family outcomes, with emphasis on variation by race/ethnicity and age. Some of my published work estimates the effects of federal funding for sex education on teen birth rates, and work in progress estimates the effects of the Great Recession on cohort measures of fertility.
In addition to my research on health and fertility, I also maintain a secondary focus on racial inequality in education, with particular attention to the links between the educational and criminal justice systems. Recent projects explore the effects of contact with the police on student outcomes, and the role of school choice systems in the unequal distribution of students to schools.
CDE research theme area affiliations
Fertility, Health & the Life Course; Demography of Inequality
Mark, N.D., Geller, A., and Engberg, J. (2022). “Adding Insult to Injury: Arrests Reduce Attendance through Institutional Mechanisms.” Sociology of Education, 95(3), 189-215, doi: 10.1177/00380407221099649.
Mark, N.D., and Wu, L.L. (2022). “More Comprehensive Sex Education Reduced Teen Births: Quasi-Experimental Evidence.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 119(8), doi: 10.1073pnas.2113144119.
Mark, N.D. and Cowan, S.K. (2022). “Do Pregnancy Intentions Matter? A Research Note Revisiting Relationships Among Pregnancy, Birth, and Maternal Outcomes.” Demography, 59 (1): 37–49, doi: 10.1215/00703370-9710311.
Mark, N.D. and Torrats-Espinosa, G. (2022). “Declining Violence and Improving Birth Outcomes in the US: Evidence from Birth Certificate Data.” Social Science and Medicine, 294: 114595, doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2021.114595.