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Christina Cross, Harvard University

Racialized Returns: Examining Racial Differences in the Consequences of Living in a Two-Parent Family
When Oct 17, 2022
from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
Where In Person - 1101 Morrill Hall
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Contact Phone 301-405-6403
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About the Presentation

African Americans have the highest rates of single parenthood in the U.S., and this divergence from the two-parent family has long been used to explain their lower levels of educational attainment and higher rates of poverty and unemployment relative to white Americans. Although a bevy of public policy, social commentary, and research has focused on the challenges associated with single parenthood, especially for African Americans, hardly any research has investigated the outcomes of Black children who grow up in two-parent families. When African American youth grow up with both parents, how do they fare? How do their outcomes compare relative to those of white children raised in this same family structure? Put differently, is the two-parent family the “Great Equalizer” many Americans imagine it to be? And, if not, why do opportunity gaps between the children of Black and white couples persist? Drawing on nationally representative, longitudinal data from the Panel Study of Income Dynamics and the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health, this talk examines these questions.

About the Speaker

Christina Cross

Christina J. Cross is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Harvard University. Her research falls at the intersection of families, race/ethnicity, and social inequality. She examines how family structure, change, and dynamics influence individuals’ life chances, particularly among minoritized and/or economically disadvantaged populations. Her work has appeared in outlets such as Social Problems, Demography, and the Journal of Marriage and Family, the latter of which she also serves as an editorial board member. Her research has been supported by organizations such as the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the JPB Foundation. It has received numerous awards, including from the American Sociological Association, the Population Association of America, the Society for the Study of Social Problems, ProQuest, and the Midwest and Southern Sociological Societies. Cross holds a PhD in Public Policy and Sociology from the University of Michigan.

Seminar Format

Location IN PERSON: 1101 Morrill Hall.  We are requesting advanced registration so that we can track capacity.  Please Use This Link to RSVP for In-Person Events.

Location ONLINE VIA ZOOM: Online via Zoom -Zoom Link to Register. Upon registration you will receive an automatically generated email with the direct link for the seminar.

COVID-19 Information

MPRC public events for Fall 2022 will be a mix of in person and online via Zoom.  For in person events, all event attendees must follow current protocols

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