R. Kelly Raley, Ph.D. is a Professor of Sociology and Associate Director of the Population Research Center, The University of Texas at Austin. Her research investigates family trends, the social determinants of family formation, and the impact of family change on social stratification. As part of a larger agenda examining the economic, social, and cultural contributors to marriage disparities in the United States, she has recently completed a project investigating the role of occupational characteristics in marriage formation. Much of her work in this area has addressed racial and ethnic differences in marriage and cohabitation, but her current line of inquiry focuses on educational variation.
Raley is interested in how social forces shape family formation and stability. In recent years, the United States has seen growing disparities in family life, with those having a college education experiencing substantially lower levels of single parenthood than those with less education. Thus one question for her current work is “How does education translate into more stable family life?” To address this question she exploring whether occupational characteristics play a part in the growing educational disparities in family life.
Raley received a Ph.D. and M.S. in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin--Madison and a B.A. Sociology from The University of Texas Austin.
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