Dr. Mónica Caudillo is an Assistant Professor in the Sociology Department. She holds a PhD in Sociology from New York University, and has conducted domestic and international research in family demography, sexuality and reproductive health, gender, crime and violence, and education. Her research projects focus on how disruptions to social contexts impact fertility, family structures, and health in the United States and Mexico. One of her lines of research focuses on the relationship between the opioid epidemic and family formation and structures in the United States. Another line of research assesses the effect of community violence on family formation and stability in Mexico. A third set of projects looks at the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic on infant and maternal health in Mexico. She is also working on several projects looking at patterns of inequality in contraceptive use, pregnancy intentions, and reproductive autonomy in the United States.

Her research has appeared in outlets like Demography, Journal of Marriage and Family, Gender & Society, Sociology of Education, and Social Science Research.


Twitter: @mlcaudillo

Areas of Interest

  • Family Demography; Sexuality and Reproductive Health; Violence; Gender; Education
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  • PhD
    Sociology, New York University, 2017
  • MA
    Sociology, New York University, 2015
  • Licenciada
    Political Science and International Relations, CIDE, 2008

Caudillo, Mónica L. and Jaein Lee. “Community Violence and the Instability of Marriages and Cohabitations in Mexico.” Forthcoming. Social Forces.

Caudillo, Mónica L., Andrés Villarreal, and Philip N. Cohen. Forthcoming. “The Opioid Epidemic and Children’s Living Arrangements in the United States, 2000-2018.” The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science.

Caudillo, Mónica L. and Jaein Lee. 2022. “Local Violence and Transitions to Cohabitation and Marriage in Mexico.” Journal of Marriage and Family. 1-25.

Caudillo, Mónica L., Constanza Hurtado-Acuna, Michael Rendall and Michel Boudreaux. 2022. “Association of the Delaware Contraceptive Access Now Initiative with Postpartum LARC Use.” Maternal and Child Health Journal. 26:1657–1666. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10995-022-03433-2

Caudillo, Mónica L. and Andrés Villarreal. 2021. “The Opioid Epidemic and Nonmarital Childbearing in the United States, 2000-2016.” Demography. 58 (1): 345–378.

Mishel, Emma, Tristan Bridges, and Mónica L. Caudillo. 2021. “GOOGLE, TELL ME. IS HE GAY?: Masculinity, Heterosexuality, and Gendered Anxieties in Google Search Queries about Sexuality.” Sociological Perspectives.

Caudillo, Mónica L., Shelby N. Hickman, and Sally Simpson. 2020. “Racial and Ethnic Differences in the Relationship Between Risk-Taking and the Effectiveness of Adolescents’ Contraceptive Use.” Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health. 52(4).

Rendall, Michael S., Eowna Young Harrison, and Mónica L. Caudillo. 2020. “Intentionally or Ambivalently Risking a Short Inter-pregnancy Interval: Reproductive Readiness Factors in Women’s Postpartum Non-Use of Contraception.” Demography. 57: 821–841.

Mishel, E., Paula England, Jessie Ford, and Mónica L. Caudillo. 2020. “Cohort Increases In Sex With Same-Sex Partners: Do Trends Vary by Gender, Race, and Class?” Gender & Society. 34(2): 178-209.

Caudillo, Mónica L. 2019. “Advanced School Progression Relative to Age and Early Family Formation in Mexico.” Demography 53(3): 863–890.

Caudillo, Mónica L. 2017. “How Does the Personal Become Political? Assessing the Impact of Maternal Employment on Daughters’ Participation in Political Organizations.” Social Science Research 64: 119-136.

England, Paula, Emma Mishel, and Mónica L. Caudillo. 2016. “Increases in Sex with Same-Sex Partners and Bisexual Identity Across Cohorts of Women (but Not Men).” Sociological Science. Nov. 7th.

England, Paula, Mónica L. Caudillo, Krystale Littlejohn, Brooke Conroy Bass, and Joanna Reed. 2016. “Why Do Young, Unmarried Women Who Don’t Want to Get Pregnant Contracept Inconsistently?  Mixed-Method Evidence for the Role of Efficacy.” Socius. 2: 1-15.

Caudillo, Mónica L. and Florencia Torche. 2014. “Exposure to Local Homicides and Early Educational Achievement in Mexico.” Sociology of Education 87(2): 89-105.  

Reed, Joanna, Paula England, Krystale Littlejohn, Brooke Conroy Bass, and Mónica L. Caudillo. 2014. “Consistent and Inconsistent Contraception Among Young Women: Insights from Qualitative Interviews.” Family Relations 63(2): 244-258.

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