Elizabeth Thomson

Elizabeth Thomson

Professor of Sociology, Emerita
4321 Sewell Social Sciences
(608) 262-2182
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Curriculum Vitae

Selected Publications:
Thomson, Elizabeth, Maria Winkler-Dworak, Martin Spielauer and Alexia Prskawetz. 2012. Union Stability as an Engine of Fertility? A Micro-simulation Model for France. Demography 49(1):175-195.

Thomson, Elizabeth, and Sara S. McLanahan. 2012. Reflections on “Family Structure and Child Well-Being: Economic Resources vs. Parental Socialization”. Social Forces 91(1):45–53.

Holland, Jennifer A., and Elizabeth Thomson. 2011. Stepfamily Childbearing in Sweden: Quantum and Tempo Effects, 1950-99. Population Studies 65(1):115-128.

Rijken, Arieke, and Elizabeth Thomson. 2011. His and Her Relationship Quality: Effects on Childbearing. Social Science Research 40:485-497.

Kennedy, Sheela, and Elizabeth Thomson. 2010. Children’s Experiences of Family Disruption in Sweden: Differentials by Parent Education over Three Decades. Demographic Research 23:479-508.

Ph.D., Sociology, University of Washington, 1979

Center for Demography and Ecology
Gender Program
Institute for Research on Poverty
Population Health Sciences

Research Interest Statement:
Thomson is a family demographer with joint appointments at the UW-Madison and Stockholm University where she is Professor of Demography Emerita, Demography Unit (www.suda.su.se), Department of Sociology. She directs the Linnaeus Center for Social Policy and Family Dynamics (www.su.se.spade) and is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. Her research uses both large-scale comparative surveys and Nordic data registers. Her current research focuses on the relationship between cohabitation and family complexity, i.e., the formation of stepfamilies and childbearing with more than one partner, and the consequences of joint physical custody for parents and children.