Christine Schwartz

Position title: Professor, Sociology


Phone: (608) 262-5791

4462 Sewell Social Sciences

Department of Sociology
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Curriculum vitae


My research interests fall at the intersection of family demography, stratification, and gender. Much of my work examines the causes and consequences of assortative mating to gain insight into the links between family change and inequality in the United States. Another line of research examines the consequences of the reversal of the gender gap in education for marriage patterns and marriage outcomes. I teach undergraduate and graduate-level courses on demographic methods, statistics, data management, and family demography. Several of my undergraduate classes feature a step-by-step approach to writing journal style articles, conducting independent data analysis projects, and displaying and writing about quantitative data.  I serve as a member of CDE’s Executive Committee.

CDE research theme area affiliations

Demography of Inequality; Fertility, Families, and Households

Selected Publications

Wang, Yu, Schwartz, Christine. “Hukou Intermarriage and Social Exclusion in China.” Research in Social Stratification and Mobility 56 (2018): 28-39. NIHMS ID 984222.

Gonalons-Pons, Pilar, and Christine Schwartz. “Trends in Economic Homogamy: Changes in Assortative Mating or the Division of Labor in Marriage?” Demography 54, no. 3 (2017): 985-1005. PubMed Central ID 6048969.

Esteve, Albert, Christine Schwartz, Jan van Bavel, Iñaki Permanyer, Martin Klesment, and Joan García-Román. “The End of Hypergamy: Global Trends and Implications.” Population and Development Review 42, no. 4 (2016): 615-25. PubMed Central ID 5421994.

Schwartz, Christine, Zhen Zeng, and Yu Xie. “Marrying up by Marrying Down: Status Exchange between Social Origin and Education in the United States.” Sociological Science 3 (2016): 1003-27. PubMed Central ID 5214284.

Schwartz, Christine, and Hongyun Han. “The Reversal of the Gender Gap in Education and Trends in Marital Dissolution.” American Sociological Review 79, no. 4 (2014): 605-29. PubMed Central ID PMC4212646.