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Joanna Pepin

Joanna Pepin




  1. Ph.D., Sociology, University of Maryland, 2017
  2. M.A., Sociology, University of Maryland, 2012
  3. M.S., Human Development & Family Studies, 2006
  4. B.S., Human Development & Family Studies, 2004


Joanna Pepin's research explores the relationship between historical changes in families and inequality. Her dissertation investigates the organization and use of money in couples' romantic relationships. Joanna is an award winner of the Special Competition for Young Investigators from Time-sharing Experiments for the Social Sciences’ (TESS) and is currently investigating beliefs about the treatment of money in families. With funding support from the Maryland Population Research Center, Joanna is finishing a paper about national differences in the ways cohabiting and married couples integrate their financal resources. Her dissertation was awarded a Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant from the National Science Foundation. She is conducting interviews with couples to evaluate how beliefs about money and relationships are negotiated in actuality.

Her research has appeared in the Journal of Marriage and Family, Sociological Inquiry and Sociological Spectrum. A collaborative paper forthcoming in Demography investigated marital status differences in mothers' time use. A paper in the Journal of Marriage and Family shows that rising egalitarian ideology in the marketplace has been met with renewed beliefs in gender essentialism in the family. This co-authored paper received national media attention, covered by news outlets such as the New York Times, Washington Post, and Time magazine. Her research on celebrity domestic violence was also featured in the Guardian, Sociological Images, and Alternet.

She is affiliated with the Time Use Lab, the premier U.S. institution on time use, spearheaded by Professor Liana Sayer and the Culture Lab, directed by Professor Melissa Milkie.




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