Department Chair and Director of the Cornell Population Center
Policy Analysis and Management

2301 G Martha Van Rensselaer Hall



Kelly Musick is Professor and Department Chair of Policy Analysis and Management, Director of the Cornell Population Center, and Professor of Sociology (by courtesy). She received her M.P.A. in economics and public policy from Princeton University in 1996 and her Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2000. She was on the sociology faculty at the University of Southern California before moving to Cornell in 2008. Her research focuses on family change and social inequality. She has taught classes in family demography, population, social statistics, and research methods at the graduate and undergraduate levels.

Musick studies changing family patterns, with a focus on how they relate to social inequality and the well-being of family members. She has published on women's childbearing intentions, the quality and stability of cohabiting relationships, social class differences in family formation, well-being in parenting, and the mechanisms linking family environments and child well-being. Current projects expand on these themes to address issues at the intersection of parenting, work, and well-being from a cross-national perspective. One on-going project examines how couples across the income distribution negotiate market work following parenthood. Comparisons are made over time and across countries, with the goal of better understanding how family decision-making is shaped by changing norms and institutions and how these processes in turn play into rising income inequality. Other on-going work examines how parents fare in the context of today’s time-intensive and child-centered mode of parenting. It explores parents' subjective well-being in time with children, with emphasis on the moderating roles of gender, social class, family structure, and parental work arrangements. Broadly, this project speaks to how parents' social and institutional context shapes parenting experiences. Musick's research has been supported by K01 and R01 project awards from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and grants from the Russell Sage Foundation and the Swedish Research Council.

Hall, Matt, Kelly Musick, and Youngmin Yi. 2019. “Legal Status and the Living Arrangements and Family Formation Experiences of Latino Immigrants.” Population and Development Review 45(1):81-101.

Meier, Ann, Kelly Musick, Jocelyn Fischer, and Sarah Flood. 2018. “Mothers’ and Fathers’ Well-Being in Parenting Across the Arch of Child Development.” Journal of Marriage and Family 80(4):992-1004.

Musick, Kelly and Katherine Michelmore. 2018. “Cross-National Comparisons of Family Complexity and Stability.” Demography 55(4):1389-1421.

Fomby, Paula and Kelly Musick. 2018. “Mothers' Time, the Parenting Package, and Links to Healthy Child Development.” Journal of Marriage and Family 80(1):166-81.

Dunifon, Rachel, Paula Fomby, and Kelly Musick. 2017. Siblings and Children’s Time Use in the United States. Demographic Research 37(49):1611-24.

Musick, Kelly, Ann Meier, and Sarah Flood. 2016. "How Parents Fare: Mothers' and Fathers' Subjective Well-Being in Time with Children." American Sociological Review 81(5):1069-95. [syntax files]

Meier, Ann, Kelly Musick, Sarah Flood, and Rachel Dunifon. 2016. “Mothering Experiences: How Single-Parenthood and Employment Structure the Emotional Valence of Parenting.” Demography 53(3):649-74.

Musick, Kelly and Katherine Michelmore. 2015. “Change in the Stability of Marital and Cohabiting Unions Following the Birth of a Child.” Demography 52(5):1463-85. [working paper CCPR-2013-015]

Raymo, James, Kelly Musick, and Miho Iwasawa. 2015. “Gender Equity, Opportunity Costs of Parenthood, and Educational Differences in Unintended First Births: Insights from Japan.” Population Research and Policy Review 34:179-99. [working paper CDE-2014-05]

Meier, Ann and Kelly Musick. 2014. “Variation in Associations Between Family Dinners and Adolescent Well-Being.” Journal of Marriage and Family 76(1):13-23. [working paper CCPR-2012-011]

Michelmore, Katherine and Kelly Musick. 2013. “Fertility Patterns of College Graduates by Field of Study, U.S. Women Born 1960–79.” Population Studies 68(3):359-74. [working paper CCPR-2012-012]

Musick, Kelly and Ann Meier. 2012. “Assessing Causality and Persistence in Associations Between Family Dinners and Adolescent Well-Being.” Journal of Marriage and Family 74(3):476-93. [working paper CCPR-2011-003]

Musick, Kelly, Jennie Brand, and Dwight Davis. 2012. “Variation in the Relationship Between Education and Marriage: Marriage Market Mismatch?” Journal of Marriage and Family 74(1):53-69. [working paper CCPR-2010-021]

Musick, Kelly and Larry Bumpass. 2012. “Re-Examining the Case for Marriage: Union Formation and Changes in Well-Being.”Journal of Marriage and Family 74(1):1-18. [working paper CCPR-003-06]

Musick is an active member of the Population Association of America (PAA) and the American Sociological Association (ASA), and founding member of the Work and Family Researchers Network (WFRN). She serves the field in various capacitites, incluing as editorial board member of the American Sociological Review, consulting editor for Sociological Science, board member of the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research, International Collaborator of Stockholm University's Linnaeus Center for Social Policy and Family Dynamics in Europe, and member of the International Nonmarital Childbearing Network.

PAM 2030 Population and Public Policy
PAM 3120/SOC 3150 Research Methods
PAM/SOC 4470 Families and Social Inequality
PAM/SOC 6280 Family Demography

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