Lecturer on Sociology (2019-20)
Assistant Professor of Sociology (effective July 2021)
Research interests: Families and children, race/ethnicity, social inequality, social demography, education.
Christina Cross is a Postdoctoral Fellow (2019-2021) and Assistant Professor (beginning 2021) of Sociology at Harvard University. She received her BA in Sociology from Emory University and her PhD in Public Policy and Sociology from the University of Michigan. Her research examines how family structure, change, and dynamics influence individual wellbeing across the life course, particularly among minority and/or low-income populations. Much of her work has focused on childhood as a key stage in the life course for the emergence and accumulation of social advantages or disadvantages. Her current work focuses on 1) documenting the prevalence and predictors of previously underexplored family structures that are common among disadvantaged populations (e.g., the extended family); 2) investigating the relationship between family dynamics and child outcomes and the extent to which it differs by social location; and 3) examining within-group heterogeneity in family processes among major racial/ethnic groups.
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