My research and teaching concern the sociology of families, demography, social inequality, and scholarly communication.

I research family structure, marriage and divorce, and the way we measure, count and describe people in and around families. The second edition of my textbook, The Family: Diversity, Inequality and Social Change, was published in 2018. My new book is Enduring Bonds: Inequality, Marriage, Parenting, and Everything Else That Makes Families Great and Terrible. My regular writing appears on my blog, Family Inequality, at Finally, I am the director of SocArXiv, open archive of the social sciences; and I write and speak about open scholarship. Find me on twitter at @familyunequal.


  • PhD
    University of Maryland, 1999
Course Name Course Title Semester Syllabus
SOCY661 Social Stratification Fall 2014 Syllabus

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Philip N. Cohen
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Department of Sociology
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