Nicholas Mark

Position title: Assistant Professor of Sociology


Phone: (608) 262-8515

4418 Sewell Social Science

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Curriculum Vitae
Nicholas Mark


Ph.D., New York University (2023)

Departmental Areas of Interest:

Demography and Ecology; Social Stratification; Family; Methods and Statistics; Education; Aging and the Life Course

Other Campus Affiliations:

Center for Demography and Ecology
Interdisciplinary Training Program

Research Interest Statement:

My primary research agenda is focused on understanding how social policy and contextual stressors influence health and fertility. In my work I develop and employ novel methodology to examine the effects of policies, environments, and events on family outcomes, with emphasis on variation by race/ethnicity and age. Some of my published work estimates the effects of federal funding for sex education on teen birth rates, and work in progress estimates the effects of the Great Recession on cohort measures of fertility.In addition to my research on health and fertility, I also maintain a secondary focus on racial inequality in education, with particular attention to the links between the educational and criminal justice systems. Recent projects explore the effects of contact with the police on student outcomes, and the role of school choice systems in the unequal distribution of students to schools.

Selected Publications:

Mark, N.D., Geller, A., and Engberg, J. (2022). “Adding Insult to Injury: Arrests Reduce Attendance through Institutional Mechanisms.” Sociology of Education, 95(3), 189-215, doi: 10.1177/00380407221099649.

Mark, N.D., and Wu, L.L. (2022). “More Comprehensive Sex Education Reduced Teen Births: Quasi-Experimental Evidence.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 119(8), doi: 10.1073pnas.2113144119.

Mark, N.D. and Cowan, S.K. (2022). “Do Pregnancy Intentions Matter? A Research Note Revisiting Relationships Among Pregnancy, Birth, and Maternal Outcomes.” Demography, 59 (1): 37–49, doi: 10.1215/00703370-9710311.

Mark, N.D. and Torrats-Espinosa, G. (2022). “Declining Violence and Improving Birth Outcomes in the US: Evidence from Birth Certificate Data.” Social Science and Medicine, 294: 114595, doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2021.114595.