Center for Family and Demographic Research
Professor of Sociology
Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University, 1998
Dr. Brown's research focuses on the familial events and transitions made throughout the life course with an emphasis on the implications of the rapid transformation of American family life for the health and well-being of both adults and children. Her research to date largely has been on cohabitation, emphasizing the relationship quality of cohabitors and its effects on cohabitors' union outcomes as well as their psychological well-being. Her work encompasses multiple projects designed to help researchers decipher the meaning(s) of cohabitation as well as its implications for the adults and children involved.
Brown, Susan L. and Sayaka K. Shinohara. (2013). “Dating Relationships in Older Adulthood: A National Portrait.” Journal of Marriage and Family 75:1194-1202.
Brown, Susan L. and I-Fen Lin. (2013). “The Gray Divorce Revolution: Rising Divorce among Middle-Aged and Older Adults, 1990-2010.” Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences 67:731-741.
Brown, Susan L., Jennifer Roebuck Bulanda, and Gary R. Lee. (2012).“Transitions into and out of Cohabitation in Later Life.” Journal of Marriage and Family 74:774-793.
Brown, Susan L. (2012). “Poverty Status and the Effects of Family Structure on Child Well-being.” Oxford Handbook on Child Development and Poverty. A volume in the Oxford Library in Psychology series. Edited by Rosalind King and Valerie Maholmes.
Manning, Wendy D. and Susan L. Brown. (2012). “Cohabitation and Parenting.”In Handbook of Father Involvement: Multidisciplinary Perspectives, 2nd edition. Edited by Natasha J. Cabrera and Catherine S. Tamis LeMonda. Psychology Press.
Lin, I-Fen and Susan L. Brown. (2012). “Unmarried Boomers Confront Old Age: A National Portrait.” The Gerontologist 52:153-165.
Booth, Alan, Susan L. Brown, Nancy S. Landale, Wendy D. Manning, and Susan M. McHale (eds). (2012). Early Adulthood in a Family Context. Springer.
Nomaguchi, Kei and Susan L. Brown. (2011). “Parental Strains and Rewards among Mothers: The Role of Education.” Journal of Marriage and Family 73:621-636.
Manning, Wendy D. and Susan L. Brown. (2011). “The Demography of Unions among Older Adults: 1980-present.” Pp. 193-212 in Handbook on the Sociology of Aging. Edited by Richard Settersten and Jacqueline Angel. Springer.
Kawamura, Sayaka and Susan L. Brown. (2010). “Mattering and Wives’ Perceived Fairness of the Division of Household Labor.” Social Science Research, 39:976-986.
Brown, Susan L. (2010). “Marriage and Child Well-being: Research and Policy Perspectives.” Journal of Marriage and Family 72:1059-1077.
Brown, Susan L. and Sayaka Kawamura. (2010). “Relationship Quality among Cohabitors and Marrieds in Older Adulthood.” Social Science Research 39:777-786.
Brown, Susan L. and Lauren N. Rinelli. (2010). “Family Structure, Family Processes, and Adolescent Smoking and Drinking.” Journal of Research on Adolescence 20:259-273.
Rinelli, Lauren N. and Susan L. Brown. (2010). “Race Differences in Union Transitions among Cohabitors: The Role of Relationship Quality.” Marriage and Family Review 46:22-40.
Brown, Susan L. and Wendy D. Manning. (2009). “Family Boundary Ambiguity and the Measurement of Family Structure: The Significance of Cohabitation.” Demography 46:85-101.