Arielle Kuperberg, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Sociology, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Family Expert and Board Member, Council on Contemporary Families

Subfields: Family Demography; Gender and Work; Sexuality;  Stratification, Inequality and Social Mobility; Quantitative Methods

A millennial generation sociologist and demographer, Dr. Kuperberg studies cutting edge topics related to social change in family, gender, sexuality and education in her generation, such as cohabitation, college hook-ups and dating, stay at home dads and moms, and student loans.

Her research grapples with three questions:

First, how and why do intimate relationships differ, form and dissolve, and what behavioral differences are associated with different relationship types? She has explored cohabitation, marriage, divorce, college hookups, dates, long term romantic relationships, and those who do not engage in any intimate partnering.  Her work addresses differences by gender, same-sex/different-sex partnerships, sexual identity, age, historical time period, local context, education, economic circumstances, race, religiosity, college year, and Greek participation. 

Her widely discussed research in this area has shown that the connection between cohabitation and divorce is explained by the young age at which cohabitors form relationships, that education differences in marriage after a non-marital birth can be explained by local labor market conditions, and that many myths about college hookups, dates and relationships do not hold up. Her ongoing research examines self-described heterosexuals who hookup with same-sex partners, men who are victims of sexual assault in college, changing selection into premarital cohabitation and direct marriage, and participation in BDSM communities.

Second, why don't more women 'have it all,' meaning a highly successful career, a happy marriage with a spouse living in the same household, and children? Her research in this area has examined motherhood in academia, occupational segregation and pay inequality by gender, stay at home moms and dads, and the effect of childbearing and the transition from cohabitation to marriage on paid and unpaid work.

Third, how is economic inequality perpetuated, and what policies can address it? Dr Kuperberg's research in this area has focused on social class and families, with a special interest in higher education. Her past and ongoing research examines student loans and impacts on the transition to adulthood, and selection into cohabitation, marriage and other types of family forms by student loans, education, economic circumstances, and labor market conditions. She has also examined maternity leave policies for graduate students, and the impact of living wage and comparable worth policies on reducing pay inequality and poverty.

Dr. Kuperberg's research has been published in leading sociology and interdisciplinary journals including Social ForcesJournal of Marriage and Family, Journal of Sex Research, and Gender & Society.

Dr. Kuperberg frequently works, trains, and collaborates with students, and those at UNCG and other institutions interested in gaining research experience and/or collaborating should contact her at atkuperbe @ uncg dot edu.


University of Pennsylvania
Ph.D., Sociology and Demography, 2010
M.A., Sociology, 2006
Graduate Certificate in the Study of Women, Gender & Sexuality, 2007
Certificate in College and University Teaching, 2008

Hunter College, City University of New York

B.A. (Honors), Sociology and Interdisciplinary Honors Major, Women's Studies Minor, 2004.  Phi Beta Kappa, Summa Cum Laude

Contact Information:

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
333 Frank Porter Graham Building
Greensboro, NC 27402
atkuperb at uncg dot edu