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Dr. Paula England, Professor of Sociology, New York University

"Understanding Trends and Class Differences in Nonmarital Births"
When Apr 11, 2014
from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
Where 1101 Art-Sociology Building
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BSOS Advance Professor Melissa Milkie and the Advance Program for Inclusive Excellence cordially invites you to an interactive dialogue.

About the Talk

U.S. couples who have nonmarital births are disproportionately poor and African American. This suggests, and many sociologists believe, that economic factors such as men's marriageability determine whether women have births outside of marriage. Yet, the rise of nonmarital births in the U.S. is a long-term trend among both white and black women, extending back at least to women born in 1920, and proceeding in good economic times and bad. This suggests that economic disadvanage cannot explain the time trend. In this talk, rather than presenting a formal paper, England will provide pieces of evidence and an overview of the puzzles she sees in this area: why the trends in nonmarital births, and why the class gradient at any one time. She will invite the audience to brainstorm with her.

About the Speaker

Paula England is Professor of Sociology at New York University and President-Elect of the American Sociological Association. Her earlier research concerned occupational sex segregation and the sex gap in pay. More recently she has studied "hooking up" in college, nonmarital births, unplanned pregnancies, and the wage penalty for motherhood. She is a former editor of the American Sociological Review.

Visit Professor England's webpage

Lunch will be catered with a dessert reception following.

RSVP by Thursday, April 3

Co-sponsored by the Maryland Population Research Center

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