Professor, Cornell University
Topics of Expertise:
Cohabitation, Committed Relationships & Marriage / Division of Labor in Families / Fertility,Reproduction & Sexual Health / History & Trends on Gender, Marriage & Family Life / Marriage & Divorce / Reproductive Health / Singles & Dating / Transition – Adolescents to Adulthood / Work & Family
Sharon Sassler received her Ph.D. in Sociology from Brown University in 1995, and joined the Cornell faculty in 2005, where she is a professor in the Department of Policy Analysis and Management. Trained as a social demographer, Sassler’s research examines factors shaping the activities of young adults and their life course transitions into school and work, relationships and parenthood, and how these transitions very by gender, race/ethnicity, and social class. Her 2017 book, Cohabitation Nation: Gender, Class, and the Remaking of Relationships, examines how cohabitation is contributing to growing levels of family inequality in the United States; it won the American Sociological Associations’ Goode Book Award in 2018.