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Pamela Smock

Research Professor, Population Studies Center.

Professor, Sociology.

Professor, Women's Studies, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts.

Editor, Demography, PAA.

Ph.D., University of Wisconsin

Dr. Smock is a social demographer, and has published on an array of topics relating to family patterns and change in the US. These include unmarried cohabitation; the economic consequences of divorce and marriage for women, men, and children; nonresident fatherhood; child support; the motherhood wage penalty; children’s economic well-being in various family structures; and racial/ethnic differences in family patterns. Her research has been supported by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. Smock has been President of the Association of Population Centers and served on the Board of Directors of the Population Association of America. She is currently Editor of the journal Demography.

Recent Publications

Journal Articles

Manning, Wendy, Pamela Smock, Cassandra Dorius, and Elizabeth Cooksey. 2014. "Cohabitation Expectations Among Young Adults in the United States: Do They Match Behavior?" Population Research and Policy Review, 33(2): 287-305. PMCID: PMC4136526. DOI. Abstract.

Hayford, Sarah, Karen Guzzo, and Pamela Smock. 2014. "The Decoupling of Marriage and Parenthood? Trends in the Timing of Marital First Births, 1945-2002." Journal of Marriage and the Family, 76(3): 520-538. PMCID: PMC4002169. DOI. Abstract.

Lavelle, Bridget, and Pamela Smock. 2012. "Divorce and women's risk of health insurance loss." Journal of Health and Social Behavior, 53(4): 413-431. PMCID: PMC3511592. DOI. Abstract.

Manning, Wendy, Jessica A. Cohen, and Pamela Smock. 2011. "The Role of Romantic Partners, Family, and Peer Networks in Dating Couples' Views about Cohabitation." Journal of Adolescent Research, 26(1): 115-149. PMCID: PMC3476461. DOI. Abstract.

Huang, Penelope M., Pamela Smock, Cara Bergstrom-Lynch, and Wendy Manning. 2011. "He Says, She Says': Gender and Cohabitation." Journal of Family Issues, 32(7): 876–905. PMCID: PMC3106995. Abstract.

Smock, Pamela, and Fiona Rose Greenland. 2010. "Diversity in Pathways to Parenthood: Patterns, Implications, and Emerging Research Directions." Journal of Marriage and Family, 72(3): 576-593. DOI. Abstract.


Kroeger, Rhiannon A., and Pamela Smock. 2014. "Cohabitation: Recent Research and Implications." In The Wiley Blackwell Companion to the Sociology of Families edited by Judith Treas, Jacqueline Scott, Martin Richards. Hoboken, N.J.: Wiley. Abstract.

Bachrach, Christine A., Pamela Smock, and Lynette Hoelter. 2011. "Social Class and the Timing and Context of Childbearing." In Understanding Family Change and Variation: Toward a Theory of Conjunctural Action edited by Jennifer Johnson-Hanks, Christine Bachrach, S. Philip Morgan, and Hans-Peter Kohler. DOI. Abstract. Public Access.

Smock, Pamela, and Elyse Ann Jennings. "Money and Couple Relationships." In Encyclopedia of Human Relationships. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Smock, Pamela, and Wendy Manning. 2010. "New Couples, New Families: The Cohabitation Revolution in the United States." In Families as They Really Are edited by Barbara J. Risman. New York : W.W. Norton.

View additional select publications of Pamela Smock

Current PSC Trainees:

Jeannie Marie Hahl, Sara Zobl.