Assistant Professor of Sociology, Harvard University
Topics of Expertise:
African American Families / Child Welfare / Children / Economic Inequality / Family Caregiving (for Adults, Children, and Disabilities) / History & Trends on Gender, Marriage & Family Life / Marriage & Divorce / Parenthood: Motherhood/Fatherhood / TANF & Public Assistance / Transition – Adolescents to Adulthood
Christina Cross is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Harvard University. She received her BA in Sociology from Emory University and her PhD in Public Policy and Sociology from the University of Michigan. Her research examines how family structure, change, and dynamics influence individual wellbeing across the life course, particularly among minority and/or low-income populations. Much of her work has focused on childhood as a key stage in the life course for the emergence and accumulation of social advantages or disadvantages. Her work has appeared in outlets such as Social Problems, Demography, Journal of Marriage and Family, and Journal of Family Issues. Her research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the JPB Foundation, and the Social Science Research Council. It has received awards from the American Sociological Association, including the 2020 ASA Dissertation Award, the Population Association of America, the Society for the Study of Social Problems, ProQuest, and the Midwest and Southern Sociological Societies.