Professor, Cornell University
Sharon Sassler is Professor in the Department of Policy Analysis and Management at Cornell University. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology from Brown University in 1995, and joined the Cornell faculty in 2005. 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 vary by gender, social class, and race/ethnicity. Some current projects explore the tempo of relationship progression, the processes underlying entrance into cohabiting unions and marriage, and the meanings cohabitors assign to their unions. Her recent work includes an NICHD-funded project (with Kristi Williams at The Ohio State University) that examines the consequences of nonmarital and early fertility for the health of women and their offspring and considers the role that subsequent marriage plays in shaping these outcomes. She is also involved in research examining the factors shaping employment and retention of women in STEM occupations.
Sharon Sassler. 2010. “Partnering Across the Life Course: Sex, Relationships, and Mate Selection.” Journal of Marriage and Family. 72(3):557-575.
Amanda J. Miller, Sharon Sassler, and Dela Kus-Appouh. 2011. “The Specter of Divorce: Views from Working- and Middle-Class Cohabitors.” Family Relations, 60(5):602-616.
Sharon Sassler and Amanda J. Miller. 2011. “Class Differences in Cohabitation Processes.” Family Relations, 60(2):163-177.
Sharon Sassler and Kara Joyner. 2011. “Social Exchange and the Progression of Sexual Relationships in Emerging Adulthood.” Social Forces. 90(1):223-245.
Sharon Sassler and Amanda J. Miller. 2011. “Waiting to Be Asked: Gender, Power, and Relationship Progression among Cohabiting Couples.” Journal of Family Issues, 32(4):482-506.
Fenaba Addo and Sharon Sassler. 2010. “Financial Arrangements and Relationship Quality among Low-Income Couples.” Family Relations, 59(4):408-423.
Kristi Williams, Sharon Sassler, and Lisa Nicholson. 2008. “For Better or For Worse? The Consequences of Marriage and Cohabitation for the Health and Well-Being of Single Mothers.” Social Forces 86(4): 1481-1511.
Kristi Williams, Sharon Sassler, Adrianne Frech, Fenaba Addo,* and Elizabeth Cooksey. 2011. “Single Mothers, Union History, and Health at Midlife.” American Sociological Review 76(3):465-486.