Elizabeth Thomson

Position title: Director, Linnaeus Center for Social Policy and Family Dynamics in Europe; Professor of Sociology, Emerita

Email: thomson@ssc.wisc.edu

Phone: (608) 262-2182

4321 Sewell Social Sciences

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Research Interest Statement:

Thomson is a family demographer with joint appointments at the UW-Madison and Stockholm University where she is Professor of Demography Emerita, Demography Unit (www.suda.su.se), Department of Sociology. She directs the Linnaeus Center for Social Policy and Family Dynamics (www.su.se.spade) and is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. Her research uses both large-scale comparative surveys and Nordic data registers. Her current research focuses on the relationship between cohabitation and family complexity, i.e., the formation of stepfamilies and childbearing with more than one partner, and the consequences of joint physical custody for parents and children.


Ph.D., Sociology, University of Washington, 1979

Other Campus Affiliations:

Center for Demography and Ecology
Gender Program
Institute for Research on Poverty
Population Health Sciences

Selected Publications:

Thomson, Elizabeth, Maria Winkler-Dworak, and Eva Beaujoaun. Forthcoming. Contribution of the rise in cohabiting parenthood to family instability: Cohort change in Italy, Great Britain, and Scandinavia. Demography.

Thomson, Elizabeth. Forthcoming. Viewpoints, travel sense, and companions along the journey. Advances in Life Course Research.

Lappegård, Trude, and Elizabeth Thomson. 2018. Intergenerational transmission of multi-partner fertility. Demography, 55, 6, 2205-2208.

Thomson, Elizabeth. 2017. Family complexity and kinship. Emerging Trends. Wiley Online Library.

Andersson, Gunnar, Aija Duntava, and Elizabeth Thomson. 2017. Life-table representations of family dynamics in the 21st century. Demographic Research 37:1081-1230.