Jennifer Lundquist


Dr. Lundquist examines the pathways through which 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 behaviors 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; and tracing the development and impact on the American welfare system of the U.S. prison and military system “submerged states.” By exploring alternative institutional contexts, she casts a number of important social problems in a new light. Her data collection and methods span from analysis of “big data” scraped from the web, administrative records and surveys to qualitative interview approaches.

Professor Lundquist has recently published work in the American Journal of Sociology, American Sociological Review and Social Forces and is the author of the 2015 textbook Demography: Study of the Human Population.  Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, Mellon and Humboldt and covered by Time, Newsweek, the Washington Post, USA Today, the New York Times and National Public Radio. In 2011 she founded the UMass Institute for Social Science Research and served at its Acting director until 2013.  Since 2014 she has been the Associate Dean of Research in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. She is a monthly essayist for Inside Higher Education.


Joint Ph.D., Sociology & Demography, University of Pennsylvania, 2004

Research Areas

Social Stratification; Race & Ethnicity; Gender; Family; Health Disparities; Military; Assortative Mating

Selected Publications

(For full list of publications go here)


Mary Fischer, Jennifer Hickes Lundquist, and Todd Vachon.* 2016. “Residential Segregation: The Mitigating Effects of Prior Military Experience.” Forthcoming at Social Science Research

Celeste Curington,* Ken-Hou Lin* and Jennifer Hickes Lundquist. 2015. “Positioning Multiraciality in Cyberspace: Treatment of Online Daters in an Online Dating Site.” American Sociological Review(Featured in the Washington Post, MarketWatch, NYTimes, NBC News, Council on Contemporary Families  and Time)

Jennifer Hickes Lundquist and Ken-Hou Lin*. 2015. “Is Love (Color) Blind? The Economy of Race among Gay & Straight Daters.” Social Forces 1–27. (Featured on Insight One Current Affairs TV Talkshow)

Jennifer Hickes Lundquist and Zhun Xu*. 2014. “Reinstitutionalizing the Family: Lifecourse Policy and Marriage in the Military.” Journal of Marriage and the Family 76: 1063–1081. (Featured on National Public Radio WGBY and winner of the Inaugural 2015 Best Article of the year for Excellence in Research on Military and Veteran Families Award from the Military Family Research Institute)

Jennifer Hickes Lundquist, Zhun Xu*, Wanda Barfield and Irma Elo. 2014. “Ethnic Differentials in Breastfeeding Practices: The Effect of Military Affiliation.” Maternal and Child Health

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.

Ken-Hou Lin* and Jennifer Lundquist. 2013. “Mate Selection in Cyberspace: the Intersection of Race, Gender, and Education” American Journal of Sociology 118 (6).
(Featured in USAToday and Australian Talkshow. Figures reprinted in Race in America textbook by Matthew Desmond and Mustafa Emirbayer.)

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). (Featured on National Public Radio WGBY and in Inside Higher Education)

Randy Barrios* and Jennifer Hickes Lundquist. 2012. “Boys just want to have fun? Sexual Behaviors and Romantic Intentions of Gay and Straight Males in College.” Journal of LGBT Youth 29:271–296.

Joya Misra, Jennifer Lundquist and Abby Templer*. 2012. “Gender, Work-Time and Care Responsibilities Among Faculty.” Sociological Forum 27: 300–323.
(Featured in the Washington Post and Inside Higher Education)

Daniel Burland* and Jennifer Hickes Lundquist. 2011. “The Dynamic Lives and Static Institutions of the “Two Armies:” Data from the 1999 Survey of Active Duty Personnel.” Journal of Armed Forces and Society 1–24.

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.(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. (Covered in Newsweek, the Society Pages Blog, Stanford Social Innovation Review, NYTimes Economix blog and Washington Post blog)


Ken-Hou Lin and Jennifer Hickes Lundquist. Forthcoming 2017. No Response: The Hidden Dynamics ofRace and Gender in Online Dating. Under contract with University of California Press, Berkeley, CA.

Jennifer Hickes Lundquist, Douglas L. Anderton and David Yaukey. 2015. Demography: The Study of Human Population 4th Edition. Waveland Press, Chicago: IL. [website]


Jennifer Lundquist and Joya Misra. 2016. Finding Pleasure In Academe. Inside Higher Ed. [link]

Joya Misra and Jennifer Lundquist. 2016. Writing Tenure Letters. Inside Higher Ed. [link]

Jennifer Lundquist and Joya Misra. 2016. The Art of the Autoreply. Inside Higher Ed. [link]

Joya Misra and Jennifer Lundquist. 2016. Summertime Blues. Inside Higher Ed [link]

Jennifer Lundquist and Joya Misra. 2016. Making Meetings Less Miserable. Inside Higher Ed [link]

Jennifer Lundquist and Joya Misra. 2016. The Treadmill of Email Production. Inside Higher Ed. [link]

Joya Misra and Jennifer Lundquist. 2016. The Sandwiched Midcareer Mentor. Inside Higher Ed [link]

Joya Misra and Jennifer Lundquist. 2016. Making Time for Research. Inside Higher Ed [link]

Jennifer Lundquist and Joya Misra. 2015. “Breaking it to Your Family.” Inside Higher Ed.

Jennifer Lundquist and Joya Misra. 2015. “Of Marriage and Short Term Flings: The University and its Faculty.” Inside Higher Ed.

Jennifer Lundquist and Joya Misra. 2015. “The Clogged Pipeline.” Inside Higher Ed.

Joya Misra and Jennifer Lundquist. 2015. “Diversity and the Ivory Ceiling.” Inside Higher Ed.

Joya Misra and Jennifer Lundquist. 2015. “Midcareer Melancholy.” Inside Higher Ed.

Anna Curtis*, Jennifer Hickes Lundquist, Abby Templer (graduate student), and Joya Misra. 2013. “Eaten by Email.” Academe: October issue.

Joya Misra, Jennifer Hickes Lundquist, Elissa Holmes* and Stephanie Agiomavriti*. 2011. “The Ivory Ceiling of Service Work.” Academe: 97(1): 22–6.
(Featured in Inside Higher Ed and in Tomorrow’s Professor Newsletter)

Joya Misra, Jennifer Hickes Lundquist, and Zane Farr*. “Unforeseen Contingencies: Tenure Stream and Contingent Faculty in Today’s University.”