Faculty

Megan Sweeney


Professor


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Contact Information

Email    msweeney@soc.ucla.edu
Office  202 Haines Hall
Phone  310-206-7290

My research centers broadly on the nature, determinants, and consequences of trends and differentials in family patterns. I am particularly interested in the economic underpinnings of family life. Sometimes I directly investigate the association between economic and family processes, such as in my work on cohort change in marriage formation or my research on the work-family interface in later life. Other lines of research are motivated instead by puzzles resulting from the inability of economic factors to explain trends or differentials in family life, as in my projects on racial, ethnic, and nativity-status differences in marriage and marital stability, the association between stepfamilies and youth well-being, or my newest project on variability in patterns of contraceptive use across individuals, countries, and time periods.

Professor Sweeney is on sabbatical leave at Oxford University for the 2016-17 academic year.

Degrees

Ph.D., Sociology, University of Wisconsin - Madison (Ph.D. Minor in Economics).

M.S., Sociology, University of Wisconsin - Madison.

B.A., Sociology/Anthropology, Carleton College, Northfield, MN.

Awards

Chair, American Sociological Association Family Section, 2016-17.

Elected to Sociological Research Association, 2014.

UCLA Academic Senate Distinguished Teaching Award, 2013.

Delivered Charles B. Nam Lecture in Sociology of Population, Florida State University, 2013.

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. “Sterilization Patterns in the United States.” Three-year F32 postdoctoral training award for Mieke Eeckhaut.

Elected to Board of Directors, Population Association of America (2012 - 2014 term).

Elected to Council, Section on Sociology of the Family, American Sociological Association (2007 - 2010 term).

Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS), Stanford CA, 2005-06.

National Science Foundation, Sociology Program, 2002 - 2004. "The Impact of Stepfamilies on the Well-Being of Children and Adolescents." Principal Investigator.

William T. Grant Foundation Scholars Award, 2001 - 2006. "The Impact of Stepfamilies on the Well-Being of Children." Principal Investigator.

Selected Publications

Eeckhaut, Mieke C. W. and Megan M. Sweeney. 2016. “Class and Contraception in Comparative Context: The Perplexing Links between Sterilization and Disadvantage.” Population Studies 70(1): 39-58.

Sweeney, Megan M. 2016. “Socioeconomic Standing and Variability in U.S. Marriage Timing across the 20th Century.” Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 663(1): 270-291.

Raley, R. Kelly, Megan M. Sweeney, and Danielle Wondra. 2015. “The Growing Racial and Ethnic Divide in U.S. Marriage Patterns.” Future of Children 25(2): 89-109.

Sweeney, Megan M., Teresa Castro Martin, and Melinda Mills. 2015. “The Reproductive Context of Cohabitation in Comparative Perspective: Contraceptive Use in the United States, France, and Spain.” Demographic Research 32:147-182.

Eeckhaut, Mieke C. W., Sweeney, Megan M., and Jessica D. Gipson. 2014. “Who is Using Long-Acting Reversible Contraceptive Methods? Findings from Nine Countries.” Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health 46(3).

Sweeney, Megan M. and R. Kelly Raley. 2014. “Race, Ethnicity, and the Changing Context of Childbearing in the United States.” Annual Review of Sociology 40:539-558.

Sweeney, Megan M. 2011. “Family-Structure Instability and Adolescent Educational Outcomes: A Focus on Stepfather Families.” Pp. 229-252 In Whither Opportunity: Rising Inequality, Schools, and Children's Life Chances, G. Duncan and R. J. Murnane (eds.). Russell Sage Foundation.

Raymo, James M., John R. Warren, Megan M. Sweeney, Robert M. Hauser, and Jeong-Hwa Ho. 2011. “Precarious Employment, Bad Jobs, Labor Unions, and Retirement.” Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences 66B:249-259.

Sweeney, Megan M. 2010. "The Reproductive Context of Cohabitation in the United States: Recent Change and Variation in Contraceptive Use." Journal of Marriage and Family 72:1155-1170.

Sweeney, Megan M. 2010. “Remarriage and Stepfamilies: Strategic Sites for Family Scholarship in the Twenty-First Century.” Journal of Marriage and Family 72:667-684.

Coursolle, Kathryn, Megan M. Sweeney, James M. Raymo, and JeongHwa Ho. 2010. “The Association between Retirement and Emotional Well-Being: Does Work-Family Conflict Matter?” Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences 65B:609-620.

Raymo, James M., John R. Warren, Megan M. Sweeney, Robert M. Hauser, and Jeong-Hwa Ho. 2010. “Later-Life Employment Preferences and Outcomes: the Role of Midlife Work Experiences.” Research on Aging 32:419-466.

Raley, R. Kelly and Megan M. Sweeney. 2009. “Explaining Race and Ethnic Variation in Marriage: New Directions for Future Research.” Race and Social Problems 1:132-142.

Sweeney, Megan M., Hongbo Wang, and Tami Videon. 2009. “Reconsidering the Association between Stepfamilies and Adolescent Well-Being.” In H.E. Peters and C. M. Kamp Dush (Eds.), Marriage and Family: Perspectives and Complexities (pp. 177-225). New York: Columbia University Press.

Sweeney, Megan M. 2007. "Stepfather Families and the Emotional Well-Being of Adolescents." Journal of Health and Social Behavior 48:33-49.

Phillips, Julie A. and Megan M. Sweeney. 2006. "Can Differential Exposure to Risk Factors Explain Recent Racial and Ethnic Variation in Marital Disruption?" Social Science Research 35:409-434.

Raymo, James and Megan M. Sweeney. 2006. "Work-Family Conflict and Retirement Preferences." Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences 61B:S161-S169.

Phillips, Julie A. and Megan M. Sweeney. 2005. "Premarital Cohabitation and the Risk of Marital Disruption among White, Black, and Mexican American Women." Journal of Marriage and Family 67:296-314.

Sweeney, Megan M. and Maria Cancian. 2004. "Placing Patterns of Economic Assortative Mating in Context: A Reply to Press and England." Journal of Marriage and Family 66:1038-1041.

Sweeney, Megan M. and Maria Cancian. 2004. "The Changing Importance of Economic Prospects for Assortative Mating among White Women in the United States." Journal of Marriage and Family 66:1015-1028.

Sweeney, Megan M. and Julie A. Phillips. 2004. "Understanding Racial Differences in Marital Disruption: Recent Trends and Explanations." Journal of Marriage and Family 66:239-250.

Sweeney, Megan M. 2002. "Two Decades of Family Change: The Shifting Economic Foundations of Marriage." American Sociological Review 67:132-147.

Sweeney, Megan M. 2002."Remarriage and the Nature of Divorce: Does It Matter Which Spouse Chose to Leave?" Journal of Family Issues 23:410-440.

Sweeney, Megan M. and Allan V. Horwitz. 2001. "Infidelity, Initiation, and the Emotional Climate of Divorce: Are There Implications for Mental Health?" Journal of Health and Social Behavior 42:295-309.

Previous Courses by Term

2016 Spring Quarter

Intermediate Statistical Methods III

2016 Winter Quarter

Introduction to Sociological Research Methods

Honors Seminars

Working Group in Sociology

2015 Spring Quarter

Introduction to Sociological Research Methods

Honors Seminars

Intermediate Statistical Methods III

Working Group in Sociology

2014 Spring Quarter

Proseminar: Sociology

Intermediate Statistical Methods III

2014 Winter Quarter

Introduction to Sociological Research Methods

Honors Seminars

Inequalities in Families: Analyzing Differences within and between Families in U.S.

Proseminar: Sociology

2013 Fall Quarter

Proseminar: Sociology

2013 Spring Quarter

Introduction to Sociological Research Methods

Honors Seminars

Proseminar: Sociology

2013 Winter Quarter

Proseminar: Sociology

2012 Fall Quarter

Proseminar: Sociology

2012 Spring Quarter

Introduction to Sociological Research Methods

Proseminar: Sociology

Intermediate Statistical Methods III

2012 Winter Quarter

Proseminar: Sociology

2011 Fall Quarter

Proseminar: Sociology

Working Group in Sociology

2011 Spring Quarter

Introduction to Sociological Research Methods

Intermediate Statistical Methods III

2011 Winter Quarter

Working Group in Sociology

2010 Fall Quarter

Working Group in Sociology

2010 Spring Quarter

Working Group in Sociology

2010 Winter Quarter

Theory and Research in Sociology

2009 Fall Quarter

Theory and Research in Sociology

Intermediate Statistical Methods III

Working Group in Sociology

2008 Fall Quarter

Theory and Research in Sociology

2008 Spring Quarter

Intermediate Statistical Methods III

Working Group in Sociology

2008 Winter Quarter

Working Group in Sociology

2007 Fall Quarter

Intermediate Statistical Methods III

Working Group in Sociology

2007 Spring Quarter

Working Group in Sociology

2006 Fall Quarter

Introduction to Sociological Research Methods

Working Group in Sociology

2005 Spring Quarter

Introduction to Sociological Research Methods

Intermediate Statistical Methods III

2004 Spring Quarter

Introduction to Sociological Research Methods

Honors Seminars

Intermediate Statistical Methods III

2003 Spring Quarter

Introduction to Sociological Research Methods

Intermediate Statistical Methods III

2002 Spring Quarter

Intermediate Statistical Methods III

2002 Winter Quarter

Introduction to Sociological Research Methods

Previous Courses by Course

SOCIOL 210C
Intermediate Statistical Methods III

2016 Spring Quarter

2015 Spring Quarter

2014 Spring Quarter

2012 Spring Quarter

2011 Spring Quarter

2009 Fall Quarter

2008 Spring Quarter

2007 Fall Quarter

2005 Spring Quarter

2004 Spring Quarter

2003 Spring Quarter

2002 Spring Quarter

SOCIOL 20
Introduction to Sociological Research Methods

2016 Winter Quarter

2015 Spring Quarter

2014 Winter Quarter

2013 Spring Quarter

2012 Spring Quarter

2011 Spring Quarter

2006 Fall Quarter

2005 Spring Quarter

2004 Spring Quarter

SOCIOL 295
Working Group in Sociology

2016 Winter Quarter

2015 Spring Quarter

2011 Fall Quarter

2011 Winter Quarter

2010 Fall Quarter

2010 Spring Quarter

2009 Fall Quarter

2008 Spring Quarter

2008 Winter Quarter

2007 Fall Quarter

2007 Spring Quarter

2006 Fall Quarter

SOCIOL 89
Honors Seminars

2016 Winter Quarter

2015 Spring Quarter

2014 Winter Quarter

2013 Spring Quarter

2004 Spring Quarter

SOCIOL 201C
Proseminar: Sociology

2014 Spring Quarter

2013 Spring Quarter

2012 Spring Quarter

SOCIOL 98T
Inequalities in Families: Analyzing Differences within and between Families in U.S.

2014 Winter Quarter

SOCIOL 201B
Proseminar: Sociology

2014 Winter Quarter

2013 Winter Quarter

2012 Winter Quarter

SOCIOL 201A
Proseminar: Sociology

2013 Fall Quarter

2012 Fall Quarter

2011 Fall Quarter

SOCIOL 202B
Theory and Research in Sociology

2010 Winter Quarter

SOCIOL 202A
Theory and Research in Sociology

2009 Fall Quarter

2008 Fall Quarter

SOCIOL 104
Introduction to Sociological Research Methods

2003 Spring Quarter

2002 Winter Quarter