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Christina M. Gibson-Davis, Associate Professor of Sanford School of Public Policy and Psychology and Neuroscience and Director of Undergraduate Studies and Faculty Research Scholar of DuPRI's Population Research Center and Affiliate of Center for Child and Family Policy

Christina M. Gibson-Davis
Contact Info:
Office Location:  228 Rubenstein Hall, Box 90312, Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone:  (919) 613-7364
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Ph.D.Northwestern University2001
M.A.Northwestern University, Evanston, IL2001
B.A.Bates College1992

Public Policy
Family Structure
Poverty and Inequality
Psychology and Social Psychology
Research Interests: Class differences in family formation; family formation and inequality

Areas of Interest:

Family Formation Behaviors
Health and Wellbeing of Low Income Families

Curriculum Vitae
Current Ph.D. Students   (Former Students)

  • Sarah C. Fuller
  • Ashley K. Brown
  • Lane Destro
  • Heather Rackin
Representative Publications   (More Publications)   (search)

  1. Gibson-Davis, C (2014). Magic moment? Maternal marriage for children born out of wedlock.. Demography, 51(4), 1345-1356. [repository], [doi]  [abs]
  2. Gibson-Davis, C; Rackin, H (2014). Marriage or carriage? Trends in union context and birth type by education. Journal of Marriage and the Family, 76(3), 506-519. [repository], [doi]  [abs]
  3. Gassman-Pines, A; Ananat, EO; Gibson-Davis, CM (2014). Effects of statewide job losses on adolescent suicide-related behaviors.. American Journal of Public Health, 104(10), 1964-1970. [repository], [doi]  [abs]
  4. Rackin, H; Gibson-Davis, CM (2012). The Role of Pre- and Postconception Relationships for First-Time Parents. Journal of Marriage and the Family, 74(3), 526-539. [repository], [doi]  [abs]
  5. Ananat, EO; Gassman-Pines, A; Gibson-Davis, C (2013). Community-wide job loss and teenage fertility: evidence from North Carolina.. Demography, 50(6), 2151-2171. [repository], [doi]  [abs]
  6. Gibson-Davis, C (2011). Mothers but not wives: The increasing lag between nonmarital births and marriage. Journal of Marriage and the Family, 73(1), 264-278. [repository], [doi]  [abs]
  7. Gibson-Davis, CM; Gassman-Pines, A (2010). Early childhood family structure and mother-child interactions: variation by race and ethnicity.. Developmental Psychology, 46(1), 151-164. [20053014], [doi]  [abs]
  8. Gibson Davis, CM (2008). The Effect of Family Structure on Maternal and Paternal Parenting. Journal of Marriage and Family, 70(2), 452-465. [pdf], [doi]  [abs]
  9. Gibson-Davis, CM (2009). Money, marriage, and children: Testing the financial expectations and family formation theory. Journal of Marriage and the Family, 71(1), 146-160. [pdf], [doi]  [abs]
  10. Gibson-Davis, CM; Edin, K; McLanahan, S (2005). High hopes but even higher expectations: The retreat from marriage among low-income couples. Journal of Marriage and the Family, 67(5), 1301-1312. [pdf], [doi]  [abs]

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