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

Schwartz, Christine R., Rodrigo González-Velastín, and Anita Li. 2023. “Lifetime Years Married Held Steady for Men with a BA Degree Since 1960 but Dropped to Lowest Level Since 1880 for Men Without a BA.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 120(28) 2301983120.

Musick, Kelly, Pilar Gonalons-Pons, and Christine R. Schwartz. 2022. “Change and Variation in U.S. Couples’ Earnings Equality Following Parenthood.” Population and Development Review. 48(2):413-443.

Schwartz, Christine R., Yu Wang, and Robert D. Mare. 2021. “Opportunity and Change in Occupational Assortative Mating.” Social Science Research. 99:102600. PMC8387636.

Gonalons-Pons, Pilar, Christine R. Schwartz, Kelly Musick. 2021. “Changes in Couples’ Earnings Following Parenthood and Trends in Family Earnings Inequality.” Demography. 58(3):1093–1117.

Smock, Pamela J. and Christine R. Schwartz. 2020. “The Demography of Families: A Review of Patterns and Change.” Journal of Marriage and Family 82(1):9-34. PMC7329188.

Van Bavel, Jan, Christine R. Schwartz, and Albert Esteve. 2018. “The Reversal of the Gender Gap in Education and its Consequences for Family Life.” Annual Review of Sociology 44:341-360.