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Paula Fomby

Associate Research Scientist, Population Studies Center; Associate Research Scientist, Survey Research Center, Institute for Social Research

Dr. Fomby’s research focuses on family structure change, family complexity, and child well-being. Her perspective considers families as embedded in broader social contexts and emphasizes how extended kin relationships, neighborhood and community cohesion, and school quality condition the ways children experience family change. Broadly, her work highlights the causes and consequences of residing in specific family arrangements in the context of high economic inequality, with particular attention to how prior socioeconomic disadvantage and exposure to poverty constrain family formation and family process.

Ph.D. and M.S. University of Madison-Wisconsin; B.A. University of California-Berkeley.

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