My latest book, Citizen Scholar: Public Engagement for Social Scientists, which will be published by Columbia University Press, addresses the role of intellectuals in public life and offers guidance for a career in social science. I am active in efforts to reform the system of scholarly communication, and often speak on the topic of how scholars can productively engage with our many public audiences, to improve our work and deepen its impact. You can read essays as I develop the book here.

My other research and teaching concern families and inequality, and public scholarship. I write about demographic trends, family structure, the division of labor, health disparities, as well as open science and related topics. My commentary on subjects ranging from race and gender inequality to parenting, poverty, and popular culture has appeared in outlets such as the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Atlantic, the Chronicle of Higher Education, and the New Republic. The results of my research have been widely reported in major media, and I often comment on new research or trends in the news.

My popular textbook, The Family: Diversity, Inequality, and Social Change, is now in its fourth edition.

Since 2016, I have been the founding director of SocArXiv, an open archive for the social sciences.


  • PhD
    University of Maryland, 1999
  • MA
    University of Massachusetts at Amherst, 1994
  • BA
    University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1992
  • Campus
    Member: UMD PACT - Publishing, Access, and Contract Terms
  • Campus
    Director, SocArXiv

Former Students

  • Joanna R. Pepin
    Assistant Professor, University of Toronto
  • Jeehye Kang
    Associate Professor, Old Dominion University
  • Jaein Lee
    Assistant Professor, Arkansas State University
  • Joey Brown
    US Census Bureau
  • Hao-Chun Cheng
    Academia Sinica (Post doc)
  • Justin Maietta
    US Census Bureau

Related Students (Listed by Student on Student's Profile)

  • Hao-Chun Cheng
  • Joey Jennings
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