W. Bradford Wilcox is Director of the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia, Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Virginia, and a member of the James Madison Society at Princeton University.
Brad Wilcox earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Virginia and his Ph.D. at Princeton University. Prior to coming to the University of Virginia, he held research fellowships at Princeton University, Yale University and the Brookings Institution.
Brad Wilcox’s research focuses on marriage, parenthood, and cohabitation, especially on the ways that marriage, gender, and culture influence the quality and stability of family life in the United States and around the globe. He is the coauthor of Gender and Parenthood: Biological and Social Scientific Perspectives (Columbia, 2013, with Kathleen Kovner Kline), Whither the Child?: Causes and Consequences of Low Fertility (Paradigm, 2013, with Eric Kaufmann), and the author of Soft Patriarchs, New Men: How Christianity Shapes Fathers and Husbands (Chicago, 2004). Wilcox has published articles on marriage, cohabitation, parenting, and fatherhood in The American Sociological Review, Social Forces, The Journal of Marriage and Family and The Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion. Wilcox is now writing a book with Nicholas Wolfinger titled, Soul Mates: Religion, Sex, Children, & Marriage among African Americans and Latinos (Oxford 2013).
Brad Wilcox has received the following two awards from the American Sociological Association Religion Section for his research: the Best Graduate Paper Award and the Best Article Award. His research has also been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, BBC News, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, USA Today, The Boston Globe, CNN, The Los Angeles Times, CBS News, NBC's The Today Show, and on NPR. He also writes regularly for publications like The Wall Street Journal.
Bradford Wilcox teaches courses in statistics, family, and religion. You can follow Professor Wilcox @WilcoxNMP.
For his recent popular writings, see:
- Slate, January 14, 2014, "Family Matters"
- New York Times, December 17 , 2013, "A Step in the Wrong Direction"
- New York Times, June 2013, "Fathers are Not Fungible"
- The Atlantic, June 2013, "Unequal, Unfair, and Unhappy: The 3 Biggest Myths About Marriage Today"
- Wall Street Journal, March 2013, "The New Unmarried Moms"
- Washington Post, November 2012, "Parenting in Red, Blue and Purple America"
- The Atlantic, December 2011, " How to Keep Parenthood From Making Your Marriage Miserable"
- New York Times, August 2011, "A Shaky Foundation for Families"
- New York Times, July 2011, "Marriage Haves and Have-Nots"
- New York Times, June 2011, "Why the Ring Matters"
- Wall Street Journal, September 2010, "The Generation That Can't Move On Up"
- Wall Street Journal, June 2010, "Daddy Was Only a Donor"
Patriarchs and New Men: How Christianity Shapes Fathers and Husbands. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 2004
Gender and Parenthood: Biological and Social Scientific Perspectives. W. Bradford Wilcox (Editor) and Kathleen Kovner Kline (Editor). Columbia University Press, 2013.
Whither the Child? Causes and Consequences of Low Fertility. Eric Kaufmann (Editor) and W. Bradford Wilcox (Editor). Paradigm Press, 2013.
W. Bradford Wilcox. 2011. “If Momma Ain’t Happy: Explaining Declines in Marital Satisfaction Among New Mothers.” Journal of Marriage and Family 73: 1-12. (With Jeffrey Dew).
W. Bradford Wilcox 2011. “Motherhood and Marriage: A Response.” Journal of Marriage and Family 73: 29-32. (With Jeffrey Dew).
What's love got to do with it? Equality, equity, commitment and women's marital quality. Social Forces, vol. 84, no. 3, March 2006, pp. 1321-1345.
Happily Ever After?: Religion, Marital Status, Gender and Relationship Quality in Urban Families. Social Forces, vol. 86, no. 3, March 2008, pp. 1311-1337.
Measure of American Religion: Toward Improving the State of the Art, The; Steensland, Brian; Park, Jerry Z.; Regnerus, Mark D.; Robinson, Lynn D.; Wilcox, W. Bradford; Woodberry, Robert. 79 Social Forces. 291 (2000-2001)
Listing of top journal articles by W. Bradford Wilcox
"No Money, No Honey, No Church"
SOC 2052 (252) -
Sociology of the Family
SOC 3130 (311/313) - Introduction to Social Statistics
SOC 4052 (452) - Sociology of Religious Behavior
SOC 4057 (457) - Family Policy
5120 (512) - Intermediate Statistics
SOC 5057 - Sociology of Family
SOC 7130 (711/713) - Introduction to Social Statistics
SOC 8052 (852/552) - Sociology of Religion