Interim Department Chair and Director of the Cornell Population Center
2301 G Martha Van Rensselaer Hall
Ithaca, New York
Policy Analysis and Management


Kelly Musick is Professor and Interim 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, 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 a K01 Mentored Scientist Award from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and grants from the Russell Sage Foundation and the Swedish Research Council.

Musick, Kelly and Katherine Michelmore. 2018 (forthcoming). “Cross-National Comparisons of Family Complexity and Stability.” Demography.

Fomby, Paula and Kelly Musick. 2018. “Mothers' Time, the Parenting Package, and Links to Healthy Child Development.” Journal of Marriage and Family 80(1):166-181. [published paper]

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

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. [published paper] [syntax files posted here]

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. [published paper]

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. [published paper] [working paper]

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 34:179-199. [published paper] [working paper]

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. [published paper] [working paper]

Michelmore, Katherine and Kelly Musick. 2013. “Fertility Patterns of College Graduates by Field of Study, U.S. Women Born 1960–79.” Population Studies. [published paper] [working paper]

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. [published paper] [working paper]

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. [published paper] [working paper]

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. [published paper] [working paper]

Musick, Kelly and Ann Meier. 2010. "Are Both Parents Always Better Than One? Parental Conflict and Young Adult Well-Being." Social Science Research 39:814-30. [published paper] [working paper]
Musick, Kelly, Paula England, Sarah Edgington, and Nicole Kangas. 2009. "Education Differences in Intended and Unintended Fertility." Social Forces 88(2):543-72. [paper]

Musick, Kelly, Judith A. Seltzer, and Christine R. Schwartz. 2008. “Neighborhood Norms and Substance Use Among Teens.” Social Science Research 37(1):138-55. [paper]

Wu, Lawrence L. and Kelly Musick. 2008. “Stability of Marital and Cohabiting Unions Following a First Birth.” Population Research and Policy Review 27(6):713-27. [paper]

Musick, Kelly. 2007. “Cohabitation, Nonmarital Childbearing, and the Marriage Process.” Demographic Research 16(9):249-86. [paper]

Musick, Kelly and Robert D. Mare. 2006. “Recent Trends in the Inheritance of Poverty and Family Structure.” Social Science Research 35(2):471-99. [paper]

Musick, Kelly and Robert D. Mare. 2004. “Family Structure, Intergenerational Mobility, and the Reproduction of Poverty: Evidence for Increasing Polarization?” Demography 41(4):629-48. [paper]

Musick, Kelly. 2002. “Planned and Unplanned Childbearing Among Unmarried Women.” Journal of Marriage and Family 64(4):915-29. [paper]

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 as a consulting editor for Sociological Science, is an International Collaborator of Stockholm University's Linnaeus Center for Social Policy and Family Dynamics in Europe, and is 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