As a millennial generation sociologist, Dr. Kuperberg's research studies cutting edge topics related to social change in the family, gender and sexuality in her generation, such as 'opting out', cohabitation, college hookups, and student loans.
Her research generally grapples with three interests: First, why don't more women 'have it all,' meaning a highly successful career, a happy marriage with a spouse living in the same household, and children? Related to this line of research, she has published work examining motherhood in academia, occupational segregation, stay at home moms, and the transition from cohabitation to traditional marriage as explanations for the gender pay gap. Second, how and why does social change happen? Which types of people are most likely to engage in innovative behavior such as cohabiting, hooking up, coming out as gay or lesbian, going to graduate school (among women in 1970), leaving extreme religious groups, and having stay at home husbands? A tertiary interest of Dr. Kuperberg is examining (and sometimes overturning) modern day myths about romantic relationships, gender, and motherhood, which often involves the study of 20th and 21st century historical social change; education inequality; and higher education/academia.
Dr. Kuperberg's research primarily uses quantitative secondary data analysis and content analysis methods, and an economic sociological feminist theoretical framework. Her work has been published in leading sociology and interdisciplinary journals including Social Forces, Journal of Marriage and Family, and Gender & Society.