Faculty

Judith Seltzer


Professor


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Contact Information

Email    seltzerj@ucla.edu
Office  212A Haines Hall
Phone  310-825-5646
I study inequality within and between families.

My research interests include kinship patterns, intergenerational obligations, relationships between nonresident fathers and children, and how legal institutions and other policies affect family change. I am especially interested in kinship institutions that are in flux, such as marriage and cohabitation in the contemporary United States or divorced and non-marital families. I also explore ways to improve the quality of survey data on families. In 2013 my colleagues and I added a module with family rosters to the Panel Study of Income Dynamics to provide new data on U.S. family networks. My teaching focuses on family and kinship and on population-related topics.  I am currently a member of the Committee on National Statistics of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. I am a past president of the Population Association of America and have held elected offices in the American Sociological Association’s sections on family (which I chaired) and population. 

Degrees

Ph. D., University of Michigan

Selected Publications

"Doubling up when times are tough: A study of obligations to share a home in response to economic hardship," (with Lau and Bianchi). Social Science Research, 41, 1307-1309, 2012.

"Demographic change and parent-child relationships in adulthood," (with Bianchi). Annual Review of Sociology, 39, 275-90, 2013.

"Coresidence and geographic proximity of mothers and adult children in stepfamilies," (with Yahirun and Bianchi). Journal of Marriage and Family, 75(5), 1164-80, 2013.

"Parent-child relationships at the transition to adulthood: A comparison of immigrant and native-born youth," (with Hardie), Social Forces, 95(1), 321-353, 2016.

"Stepfamily structure and transfers between generations in U.S. families," (with Wiemers, Seltzer, Schoeni, Hotz, and Bianchi). Demography, 2018.  https://doi.org/10.1007/s13524-018-0740-1

"The family safety net of black and white multigenerational families," (with Park and Wiemers). Population and Development Review, forthcoming.

"Family change and changing family demography," Demography, forthcoming.

Current Courses by Term

2019 Spring Quarter

Family and Social Change

Working Group in Sociology

2019 Fall Quarter

Working Group in Sociology

Previous Courses by Term

2018 Fall Quarter

Working Group in Sociology

2018 Spring Quarter

Applications of Economic Theory: California Population Research Topical Seminar Series

California Population Research Topical Seminar Series

Working Group in Sociology

2018 Winter Quarter

Applications of Economic Theory: California Population Research Topical Seminar Series

California Population Research Topical Seminar Series

Working Group in Sociology

2017 Fall Quarter

Working Group in Sociology

2017 Spring Quarter

Applications of Economic Theory: California Population Research Topical Seminar Series

California Population Research Topical Seminar Series

Working Group in Sociology

2017 Winter Quarter

California Population Research Topical Seminar Series

Working Group in Sociology

2015 Spring Quarter

Working Group in Sociology

2014 Fall Quarter

Family and Social Change

2014 Winter Quarter

Sociology of Family

2013 Fall Quarter

Introduction to Theory and Major Empirical Research in Social Demography

2013 Spring Quarter

Sociology of Family

Family and Social Change

2013 Winter Quarter

Sociology of Family

2012 Spring Quarter

Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars

Special Topics in Sociology

2012 Winter Quarter

Sociology of the Family

Special Topics in Sociology

2011 Fall Quarter

Working Group in Sociology

2010 Winter Quarter

Special Topics in Sociology

2009 Fall Quarter

Special Topics in Sociology

2008 Winter Quarter

Family and Social Change

2007 Winter Quarter

Introduction to Theory and Major Empirical Research in Social Demography

2006 Spring Quarter

Applications of Economic Theory

Working Group in Sociology

2006 Winter Quarter

Applications of Economic Theory

Working Group in Sociology

2005 Fall Quarter

Applications of Economic Theory

Family and Social Change

Working Group in Sociology

2004 Fall Quarter

Applications of Economic Theory

Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars

Family and Social Change

Working Group in Sociology

2004 Spring Quarter

Applications of Economic Theory

Working Group in Sociology

2004 Winter Quarter

Applications of Economic Theory

Working Group in Sociology

2003 Fall Quarter

Applications of Economic Theory

Undergraduate Seminar

Introduction to Theory and Major Empirical Research in Social Demography

Working Group in Sociology

2003 Spring Quarter

Introduction to Theory and Major Empirical Research in Social Demography

Working Group in Sociology

2002 Spring Quarter

Proseminar: Sociology

2002 Winter Quarter

Sociology of Family Demographic and Economic Behavior

Undergraduate Seminar

Proseminar: Sociology

Introduction to Theory and Major Empirical Research in Social Demography

Working Group in Sociology

2001 Fall Quarter

Undergraduate Seminar

Proseminar: Sociology

Introduction to Theory and Major Empirical Research in Social Demography

Working Group in Sociology

2001 Spring Quarter

Proseminar: Sociology

Special Topics in Sociology

2001 Winter Quarter

Proseminar: Sociology

Special Topics in Sociology

2000 Fall Quarter

Proseminar: Sociology

Special Topics in Sociology

2000 Winter Quarter

Undergraduate Seminar

Introduction to Theory and Major Empirical Research in Social Demography

1999 Fall Quarter

Undergraduate Seminar

Introduction to Theory and Major Empirical Research in Social Demography

Previous Courses by Course

SOCIOL 295
Working Group in Sociology

2018 Fall Quarter

2018 Spring Quarter

2018 Winter Quarter

2017 Fall Quarter

2017 Spring Quarter

2017 Winter Quarter

2015 Spring Quarter

2011 Fall Quarter

2006 Spring Quarter

2006 Winter Quarter

2005 Fall Quarter

2004 Fall Quarter

2004 Spring Quarter

2004 Winter Quarter

2003 Fall Quarter

2003 Spring Quarter

2002 Winter Quarter

2001 Fall Quarter

SOCIOL M225A
California Population Research Topical Seminar Series

2018 Spring Quarter

2018 Winter Quarter

2017 Spring Quarter

2017 Winter Quarter

ECON M204A
Applications of Economic Theory: California Population Research Topical Seminar Series

2018 Spring Quarter

2018 Winter Quarter

2017 Spring Quarter

ECON 204C
Applications of Economic Theory: California Population Research Topical Seminar Series

2018 Spring Quarter

2017 Spring Quarter

SOCIOL 205
Family and Social Change

2014 Fall Quarter

2013 Spring Quarter

2008 Winter Quarter

2005 Fall Quarter

2004 Fall Quarter

SOCIOL M174
Sociology of Family

2014 Winter Quarter

2013 Spring Quarter

2013 Winter Quarter

GENDER M174
Sociology of Family

2014 Winter Quarter

2013 Spring Quarter

2013 Winter Quarter

SOCIOL 226B
Introduction to Theory and Major Empirical Research in Social Demography

2013 Fall Quarter

2007 Winter Quarter

2003 Fall Quarter

2002 Winter Quarter

2000 Winter Quarter

SOCIOL 285A
Special Topics in Sociology

2012 Spring Quarter

2012 Winter Quarter

SOCIOL 19
Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars

2012 Spring Quarter

2004 Fall Quarter

WOM STD M174
Sociology of the Family

2012 Winter Quarter

SOCIOL M174
Sociology of the Family

2012 Winter Quarter

SOCIOL 285B
Special Topics in Sociology

2010 Winter Quarter

2009 Fall Quarter

ECON 204C
Applications of Economic Theory

2006 Spring Quarter

ECON 204B
Applications of Economic Theory

2006 Winter Quarter

ECON 204A
Applications of Economic Theory

2005 Fall Quarter

2004 Fall Quarter

2003 Fall Quarter

ECON 204K
Applications of Economic Theory

2004 Spring Quarter

2004 Winter Quarter

SOCIOL 197F
Undergraduate Seminar

2003 Fall Quarter

2000 Winter Quarter

SOCIOL 226A
Introduction to Theory and Major Empirical Research in Social Demography

2003 Spring Quarter

2001 Fall Quarter

1999 Fall Quarter

SOCIOL 201C
Proseminar: Sociology

2002 Spring Quarter

2001 Spring Quarter

SOCIOL 197H
Undergraduate Seminar

2002 Winter Quarter

SOCIOL 201B
Proseminar: Sociology

2002 Winter Quarter

2001 Winter Quarter

SOCIOL 117
Sociology of Family Demographic and Economic Behavior

2002 Winter Quarter

SOCIOL 201A
Proseminar: Sociology

2001 Fall Quarter

2000 Fall Quarter

SOCIOL 197E
Undergraduate Seminar

2001 Fall Quarter

1999 Fall Quarter

SOCIOL 285D
Special Topics in Sociology

2001 Spring Quarter

SOCIOL 285F
Special Topics in Sociology

2001 Winter Quarter

SOCIOL 285C
Special Topics in Sociology

2001 Winter Quarter

2000 Fall Quarter