University of Massachusetts Amherst

Department of Sociology



Jennifer Hickes Lundquist

Curriculum Vitae

Webpage of Selected Works

Education and Interests

Joint Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, 2004

Social stratification, race and ethnicity, gender, family, health disparities, military

Jennifer Lundquist is an associate professor in the Department of Sociology and Associate Dean of Faculty Development in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. A sociologist and demographer, she examines how racial, ethnic and gender inequalities are perpetuated and sometimes undone in various institutional settings, such as the workplace, the dating/marriage market and in families. Her major areas of scholarship include analyzing online dating behavior to better understand how interracial interaction contributes to continued racial hierarchies; taking advantage of unique social continuities in the U.S. military that provide insight into what drives racial disparities in health, family formation behaviors and other outcomes in larger society; tracing the development and impact on the American welfare system of the U.S. prison and military system “submerged states”; and tracing how institutions and their policies impact the changing American life course in the post-industrial economy. By exploring alternative institutional contexts, she casts a number of important social problems in a new light.

Selected Publications

(For full list of publications go here)
  • Jennifer Hickes Lundquist and Zhun Xu. 2014. “Reinstitutionalizing the Family: Lifecourse Policy and Marriage in the Military.” Forthcoming at Journal of Marriage and the Family [download]
  • Jennifer Hickes Lundquist, Zhun Xu, Wanda Barfield and Irma Elo. 2014. “Ethnic Differentials in Breastfeeding Practices: The Effect of Military Affiliation.” Forthcoming at Maternal and Child Health [download]
  • Jennifer Hickes Lundquist, Wanda Barfield, Zhun Xu and Irma Elo. 2013. “Racial Disparities in Infant Mortality: A Protective Effect of the Military?” Race and Social Problems 1-20. [download]
  • Ken-Hou Lin and Jennifer Lundquist. 2013. “Mate Selection in Cyberspace: the Intersection of Race, Gender, and Education.” American Journal of Sociology 118 (6). [download]
    (Featured in USA Today and Australian talkshow Insight)
  • Jennifer Lundquist, Joya Misra and KerryAnn O’Meara. 2013. “Parental Leave Usage by Fathers and Mothers at an American University.” Fathering: A Journal of Research, Theory, and Practice about Men as Fathers 10 (3). [download]
    (Featured on National Public Radio, WGBY, and in Inside Higher Education)
  • Jennifer Hickes Lundquist, Michelle J. Budig and Anna Curtis. 2009. “Race and Childlessness in America: Similarities in Trends and Pathways to Childlessness among Black and White Women, 1988-2002.” Journal of Marriage and the Family 71 (3):741-55. [download]
    (Featured on National Public Radio, WGBY, and quoted in Time Magazine)
  • Jennifer Hickes Lundquist. 2008. “Reevaluating Ethnic and Gender Satisfaction Differences: The Effect of a Meritocratic Institution” American Sociological Review 73 (3):477-96. [download]
    (Covered in Newsweek, The Society Pages The Color Line blog, Stanford Social Innovation Review, The New York Times Economix blog and The Washington Post Wonkblog blog)
  • Jennifer Hickes Lundquist. 2006. “The Black-White Gap in Marital Dissolution Among Young Adults: What Can A Counterfactual Scenario Tell Us?” Social Problems 53 (3):421-41. [download]
  • Jennifer Hickes Lundquist. 2004. “When Race Makes No Difference: Marriage and the Military.” Social Forces 83 (2):1-28. [download]


  • Jennifer Hickes Lundquist, Douglas L. Anderton and David Yaukey. Forthcoming 2014. Demography: The Study of Human Population 4th Edition. Waveland Press, Chicago: IL. [link]


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