Sociologists at Ohio State are making significant contributions to our understanding of family processes and outcomes. Much of this research takes a life-course perspective, with particular emphasis on early childhood and on adolescence and young adulthood. Several faculty focus on the crucial early childhood period, exploring the early-life determinants of inequality. Patterns of marriage in the U.S. –who marries whom – and how this differs by race and ethnicity is an active area of investigation in the department. Marriage as one element in the transition to adulthood is another area of emphasis. OSU sociologists have conducted important research on the consequences for health of marital and cohabitation transitions. Gender roles in the family, and the significance of fatherhood in the lives of men, are further topics of ongoing research; some of this research makes use of rich data on time use. Finally, several faculty conduct research on family processes outside the U.S. (Latin America, Arab region), including research on how family structure conditions investments in children and on how demographic change affects family structure and process.


John Casterline, Professor
Doug Downey, Professor
Chris Knoester, Associate Professor
Natasha Quadlin, Assistant Professor
Corinne Reczek, Associate Professor
Kammi Schmeer, Associate Professor
Kristi Williams, Professor