Marcia Carlson


Department of Sociology, Center for Demography and Ecology
University of Wisconsin–Madison

Marcia Carlson is Professor of Sociology and affiliate of the Center for Demography and Ecology at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, where she is also an affiliate of the Institute for Research on Poverty. Her recent work focuses on changing family patterns, especially related to growing family instability and complexity. She is especially interested in how family behaviors and experiences are linked with socioeconomic inequality.

Marcia Carlson's Research Interests

  • Child and family well-being and related public policy
  • Family complexity and instability
  • Parenting, especially fathering
  • Unmarried parents and their children
  • Cross-generational ties affected by changing fertility and mortality patterns

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