Paula Fomby, Ph.D.

Paula Fomby, Ph.D.

Professor of SociologyAssociate Director, Population Studies Center

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I am a sociologist and family demographer. I study how families and social institutions interact to shape children’s well-being and life chances, with particular attention to economic and racialized inequalities. Much of my work focuses on children’s family composition – that is, the network of relationships among people who constitute a child’s family system. My research has been supported by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and the National Science Foundation and has appeared in peer-reviewed outlets including Demography, Annual Review of Sociology, American Sociological Review, Journal of Marriage and Family, and Journal of Health and Social Behavior.

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PhD, Sociology, University of Wisconsin, 2001

MS, Sociology, University of Wisconsin, 1997

BA, History, University of California Berkeley, 1991