W. Bradford Wilcox

W. Bradford Wilcox

University of Virginia

W. Bradford Wilcox is  Professor of Sociology at the University of Virginia, where he is also Director of the National Marriage Project, and a Visiting Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, and a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Family Studies.

Professor Wilcox’s research has focused on marriage, fatherhood, and cohabitation, especially on the ways that family structure, civil society, and culture influence the quality and stability of family life in the United States and around the globe. His research has been featured in The New York TimesThe Wall Street JournalThe AtlanticSlateNational Review OnlineNPR, NBC’s The Today Show, and many other media outlets. He has also published articles on marriage, cohabitation, parenting, and fatherhood in The American Sociological ReviewSocial ForcesJournal of Marriage and Family, and Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion

In his latest work with Nicholas H. WolfingerSoul Mates: Religion, Sex, Love, and Marriage Among African Americans and Latinos (Oxford, 2016), Wilcox shines a much-needed spotlight on the lives of strong and happy minority couples. His first book, Soft Patriarchs, New Men: How Christianity Shapes Fathers and Husbands, (Chicago, 2004) examines the ways in which the religious beliefs and practices of American Protestant men influence their approach to parenting, household labor, and marriage. He is also the coauthor of Gender and Parenthood: Biological and Social Scientific Perspectives (Columbia, 2013, with Kathleen Kovner Kline).

Wilcox consults regularly with companies such as Nestle, Procter & Gamble, and Kimberly-Clark on fertility and marriage trends in the United States.

As an undergraduate, Wilcox was a Jefferson Scholar at the University of Virginia (’92) and later earned his Ph.D. from Princeton University. Prior to coming to the University of Virginia, he held research fellowships at Princeton University, Yale University, and the Brookings Institution.

Read the abstract of the paper Professor Wilcox presented for STI's Whither the Child? experts meeting.

Read a summary of Soft Patriarchs.

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