Christine Schwartz

Position title: Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor of Sociology


Phone: (608) 262-5791

4462 Sewell Social Sciences

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Research Interest Statement:

My research interests fall at the intersection of family demography, stratification, and gender. Much of my work examines the causes and consequences of assortative mating to gain insight into the links between family change and inequality in the United States. Another line of research examines the consequences of the reversal of the gender gap in education for marriage patterns and marriage outcomes in the U.S. and other countries around the world. A new research project investigates mothers’ and fathers’ contributions to intergenerational mobility in the United States.

Departmental Areas of Interest:

Demography and Ecology, Family, Gender, Social Stratification


Soc 120 Marriage and the Family
Soc 360 Statistics for Sociologists I
Soc 365 Computing in Sociological Research
Soc 640 Sociology of the Family
Soc 674 Elementary Demographic Techniques
Soc 693 Practicum in Analysis and Research

Other Campus Affiliations

Institute for Research on Poverty
Center for Demography and Ecology
Center for Demography of Health and Aging

Selected Publications

Van Bavel, Jan, Christine R. Schwartz, and Albert Esteve. 2018. “The Reversal of the Gender Gap in Education and Its Consequences for Family Life.” Annual Review of Sociology 44(1):341–60.

Gonalons-Pons, Pilar and Christine R. Schwartz. 2017. “The Growing Economic Resemblance of Spouses: Changes in Assortative Mating or the Division of Labor in Marriage?” Demography 54(3):985-1005

Wang, Yu, Schwartz, Christine. 2016. “Hukou Intermarriage and Social Exclusion in China.” Research in Social Stratification and Mobility 56: 28-39. NIHMS ID 984222.

Gonalons-Pons, Pilar, and Christine Schwartz. 2016. “Trends in Economic Homogamy: Changes in Assortative Mating or the Division of Labor in Marriage?” Demography 54, no. 3: 985-1005. PubMed Central ID 6048969.

Esteve, Albert, Christine Schwartz, Jan Van Bavel, Iñaki Permanyer, Martin Klesment, and Joan García-Román. 2016. “The End of Hypergamy: Global Trends and Implications.” Population and Development Review 42(4): 615-25. PubMed Central ID 5421994.

Schwartz, Christine, Zhen Zeng, and Yu Xie. 2016. “Marrying up by Marrying Down: Status Exchange between Social Origin and Education in the United States.” Sociological Science 3: 1003-27. PubMed Central ID 5214284.

Schwartz, Christine R. and Pilar Gonalons-Pons. 2016. “Trends in Relative Earnings and Marital Dissolution: Are Wives Who Outearn Their Husbands Still More Likely to Divorce?” RSF: The Russell Sage Journal of the Social Sciences. 2(4):218-36

Schwartz, Christine, and Hongyun Han. 2014. “The Reversal of the Gender Gap in Education and Trends in Marital Dissolution.” American Sociological Review 79(4): 605-29. PubMed Central ID PMC4212646.

Schwartz, Christine R. 2013. “Trends and Variation in Assortative Mating: Causes and Consequences.” Annual Review of Sociology 39(1):451–70.

Schwartz, Christine R. 2010. “Earnings Inequality and the Changing Association Between Spouses’ Earnings.” American Journal of Sociology 115(5):1524-57.

Schwartz, Christine R. 2010. “Pathways to Educational Homogamy in Marital and Cohabiting Unions.” Demography 47(3):735-753.

Schwartz, Christine R. and Robert D. Mare. 2005. “Trends in Educational Assortative Marriage From 1940 to 2003.” Demography 42(4):621-646