Marginal Returns: Race, Family Structure, and Children’s Life Chances

McNeil 150
October 11, 2021 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Postdoctoral Fellow, Sociology
Harvard University, Department of Sociology
Speaker Biographies: 


Christina Cross is a Postdoctoral Fellow and Assistant Professor of Sociology at Harvard University (beginning 2022). Her research falls at the intersection of families, race/ethnicity, and social inequality. She examines how family structure, change, and dynamics influence individuals’ life chances, particularly among minoritized and/or low-income populations. Her work has appeared in outlets such as Social Problems, Demography, and the Journal of Marriage and Family. Her research has been supported by organizations including the National Science Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the JPB Foundation, and the Social Science Research Council. It has received awards from the American Sociological Association, including the 2020 ASA Dissertation Award, the Population Association of America, the Society for the Study of Social Problems, ProQuest, and the Midwest and Southern Sociological Societies. Cross holds a PhD in Public Policy and Sociology from the University of Michigan.