Arielle Kuperberg

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.

There are 26 included publications by Arielle Kuperberg :

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Age at Coresidence, Premarital Cohabitation, and Marriage Dissolution: 1985–2009 2014 27712 Does the age at which premarital cohabitors moved in together explain why they have been found to have an increased risk of marital dissolution? Explanations for the increased risk of marriage dissolution among those who marry young center on marital...
Anti-Discrimination vs.Anti-Poverty: An Analysis of Pay Equity and Living Wage Reforms 2005 2731 Welfare reform focuses attention on the potential of pay equity and living wage strategies to move women out of the ranks of the working poor. In this study, we use data from a large municipality in the Northeast to simulate implementation of the two...
Black Female Adolescents’ Sexuality: Pleasure Expectancies, Sexual Guilt, and Age of Sexual Debut 2021 31 This study examined individual and familial influences on Black female adolescents’ (N = 1426) sexual pleasure expectancies, sexual guilt, and age of sexual debut using data from the National Longitudinal Study on Adolescent to Adult Health. Results ...
Cohabitation and Marital Dissolution: A Comment on Rosenfield and Roseler (2019) 2021 153 Objective: Our goal is to comment on a recently published paper (Rosenfeld & Roesler, 2019. Journal of Marriage and Family, 81, 42-58) and provide an alternative analysis of the association between premarital cohabitation and marital instability. Bac...
Cohabiting isn’t what it used to be 2014 3161 Arielle Kuperberg, Assistant Professor of Sociology, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, is author of this week’s briefing report at CCF@TSP. Here she answers the questions that keep coming up when people talk about cohabitation these da...
The Date’s not Dead after all: New Findings on Hooking Up, Dating and Romantic Relationships in College 2016 28 For more than 100 years, Valentine’s Day has been a time for romantic candlelit dinner dates. But today, many observers worry, romance and courtship are falling out of favor. According to the New York Times, “traditional dating in college has mostly ...
Dating and Hooking Up in College: Meeting Contexts, Sex, and Variation by Gender, Partner's Gender and Class Standing 2015 2740 This study examined 13,976 dates and 12,068 hookup encounters at 22 colleges in the United States reported by students surveyed between 2005 and 2011 in the Online College Social Life Survey (OCSLS) to determine differences between dates and hookups ...
The Difference Debt Makes: College Students and Grads on How Student Debt Affects Their Life Choices 2021 29 A briefing paper prepared for the Council on Contemporary Families by Arielle Kuperberg, UNC Greensboro and Joan Maya Mazelis, Rutgers University–Camden.Recent discussions have focused on loan forgiveness as a remedy for growing student loan debt in ...
Does Premarital Cohabitation Raise Your Risk of Divorce? 2014 15 In the last 50 years, the percentage of men and women who cohabit before marriage – “living in sin” as it was still called in the 1960s – has increased by almost 900 percent. Today 70 percent of women aged 30 to 34 have cohabited with a male partner,...
Education, Labor Markets and the Retreat from Marriage 2011 2387 Using data from the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing study and the Current Population Survey, we find that labor market conditions play a large role in explaining the positive relationship between educational attainment and marriage. Our results ...
First comes love, then comes… housework? 2015 16 A briefing paper prepared for the Council on Contemporary Families Online Symposium on Housework, Gender, and Parenthood by Arielle Kuperberg, Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of North Carolina at Greensboro.Does marriage lead women to ta...
From Countercultural Trend to Strategy for the Financially Insecure: Premarital Cohabitation and Premarital Cohabitors, 1956-2015 2018 28 A briefing paper prepared for the Council on Contemporary Families by Arielle Kuperberg, Associate Professor of Sociology and Women and Gender Studies, UNC Greensboro.In the early 1960s, fewer than 3 percent of women who married for the first time ha...
‘He’s a Mr. Mom’: Cultural Ambivalence in Print News Depictions of Stay-at-Home Fathers, 1987-2016.” 2022 184 Stay-at-home fathers challenge norms related to masculinity and gendered divisions of parenting roles. We conduct a content analysis of 94 print news articles about at-home fathers published 1987–2016 in the United States, identifying key themes and ...
Heterosexual College Students Who Hookup with Same-Sex Partners 2018 2728 Individuals who identify as heterosexual but engage in same-sex sexual behavior fascinate both researchers and the media. We analyzed the Online College Social Life Survey dataset of over 24,000 undergraduate students to examine students whose last h...
The Media Depiction of Women Who Opt Out 2008 4799 Through a content analysis of print media and a comparison of media images with trends in women’s behavior, the authors explore the rhetoric and reality surrounding the exit of college-educated women from the workforce to become full-time mothers, a ...
Motherhood and Graduate Education, 1970-2000 2009 2349 This study examines issues related to the fertility of graduate students over time. First, it examines changes in motherhood rates between 1970 and 2000 among women aged 20–49 who are enrolled in graduate school, both by themselves and relative to pr...
Partner Meeting Contexts and Risky Behavior in College Students’ Other-Sex and Same-Sex Hookups 2017 2123 We analyzed a sample of 12,065 hookup encounters among college students at 22 colleges and universities in the Online College Social Life Survey (OCSLS) to explore how partner meeting locales may influence college students’ risky behavior when hookup...
Pathways and Patterns of Entrance into BDSM. 2022 213 Prior limited research on entrance into BDSM divided paths of entry into external or internalfactors (Yosta & Hunter, 2012), while research on age at entry into BDSM has not consideredvariation by BDSM role identity, gender, sexual orientation, and o...
Premarital Cohabitation and Direct Marriage in the United States: 1956-2015 2019 2782 Cohabitation rates and durations increased rapidly beginning in the late 1960s, and by 2011-2015, 70% of first marriages among women under age 36 began in premarital cohabitation lasting an average of 32 months before marriage. The National Survey of...
Reassessing Differences in Work and Income in Cohabitation and Marriage 2013 3116 Are cohabiters different than married couples who cohabited before marriage? This study used the 2002 wave of the National Survey of Families and Households to determine how work behavior might differ for 4 relationship types: (a) cohabiters with unc...
Relational and Partner-specific Factors Influencing Black Heterosexual Women's Initiation of Sexual Intercourse and Orgasm Frequency 2020 14 There is limited research on how Black women’s perspectives of their relationship influence their sexual experiences (i.e., sex initiation and orgasm frequency) in early adulthood. This quantitative study examined the association between relationship...
The Role of Culture in Explaining College Student’s Selection into Hookups, Dates, and Long-Term Romantic Relationships 2015 4213 We analyze the Online College Social Life Survey, a survey collected between 2005 and 2011 of students (N = 22,454) at 22 U.S. colleges and universities and estimate whether students hooked up, dated, formed long-term romantic relationships, or did n...
Social Motivations for College Hookups 2020 397 Hookups are a normative experience for college students with 72% of college students reporting hooking up by their Senior year. Although there is over a decade of research on hookups, what motivates college students to participate in hookups is not c...
Social Norms and Expectations about Student Loans and Family Formation 2021 99 Social norms and expectations regarding marriage or childbearing while in debt—or with an indebted partner—may explain links between student loans and lower family formation rates. This study analyzes an original survey of college students (N?=?2,990...
Student Loan Debt, Family Support, and Reciprocity in the Transition to Adulthood 2022 172 This study explores student loans, family support, and reciprocity during the transition out of college into adulthood. We examine experiences of family financial assistance and co-living among college students and graduates with loans, and whether s...
What Works for Women at Work: Four Patterns Working Women Need to Know [book review] 2014 1378 This article is a review of the book "What Works for Women at Work: Four Patterns Working Women Need to Know" by Joan C. Williams and Rachel Dempsey.