Kelly Musick

Professor of Public Policy and Sociology, Brooks Senior Associate Dean of Research


Kelly Musick is Professor of Public Policy and Sociology and Senior Associate Dean of Research in the Cornell Jeb E. Brooks School of Public Policy. She received her Master in Public Affairs from Princeton University and her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research broadly examines family change and social inequality, with a current focus on the intersection of parenthood, the structure of work and earnings, and social policy from a comparative perspective. It has been funded by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the Russell Sage Foundation, and the Swedish Research Council.

Research Focus

  • Family Demography
  • Work-Family Policy
  • Child Well-Being
  • Social Inequality


  • Fomby, Paula, Hope Harvey, and Kelly Musick. 2023. “Income Sources Across Childhood in Families with Nonresident Fathers.” Demography. DOI:10.1215/00703370-10424403

  • Lyttelton, Thomas, Emma Zang, and Kelly Musick. 2022. “Parents’ Work Arrangements and Gendered Time Use During the COVID-19 Pandemic.” Journal of Marriage and Family. DOI:10.1111/jomf.12897

  • Musick, Kelly, Pilar Gonalons-Pons, and Christine Schwartz. 2022. “Change and Variation in U.S. Couples’ Earnings Equality Following Parenthood.” Population Development Review 48(2): 413-443. DOI:10.1111/padr.12481

  • Ishizuka, Patrick and Kelly Musick. 2021. “Occupational Inflexibility and Women’s Employment During the Transition to Parenthood.” Demography 58(4):1249–1274.
  • Gonalons-Pons, Pilar, Christine Schwartz, and Kelly Musick. 2021. “Changes in Couples’ Earnings Following Parenthood and Trends in Family Earnings Inequality.” Demography 58(3):1093–1117.
  • Nylin, Anna-Karin, Kelly Musick, Sunnee Billingsley, Ann-Zofie Duvander, and Marie Evertsson. 2021. “Trends in Women’s Relative Earnings Within Couples Across the Transition to Parenthood in Sweden, 1987-2007.” European Sociological Review 37(3):349–364.
  • Musick, Kelly, Megan Doherty Bea, and Pilar Gonalons-Pons. 2020. “His and Her Earnings Following Parenthood in the United States, Germany, and the United Kingdom.” American Sociological Review 84(4):639–674.
  • Flood, Sarah, Ann Meier, and Kelly Musick. 2020. “Reassessing Parents’ Leisure Quality with Direct Measures of Well-Being.” Journal of Marriage and Family 82(4):1326-1339.
  • Brew, Bridget, Abigail Weitzman, Kelly Musick, and Yasamin Kusunoki. 2020. “Young Women’s Joint Relationship, Sex, and Contraceptive Trajectories: Evidence from the United States.” Demographic Research 42(34):933-984.
  • Dunifon, Rachel, Kelly Musick, and Christopher Near. 2020. “Time with Grandchildren: Subjective Well-Being Among Grandparents Living with Their Grandchildren.” Social Indicators Research 148:681–702.
  • Hall, Matt, Kelly Musick, and Youngmin Yi. 2019. “Legal Status and the Living Arrangements and Family Formation Experiences of Latino Immigrants.” Population and Development Review 45(1):81-101.
  • Meier, Ann, Kelly Musick, Jocelyn Fischer, and Sarah Flood. 2018. “Mothers’ and Fathers’ Well-Being in Parenting Across the Arch of Child Development.” Journal of Marriage and Family 80(4):992-1004.
  • Musick, Kelly and Katherine Michelmore. 2018. “Cross-National Comparisons of Family Complexity and Stability.” Demography 55(4):1389-1421.
  • Fomby, Paula and Kelly Musick. 2018. “Mothers' Time, the Parenting Package, and Links to Healthy Child Development.” Journal of Marriage and Family 80(1):166-81.
  • Dunifon, Rachel, Paula Fomby, and Kelly Musick. 2017. Siblings and Children’s Time Use in the United States. Demographic Research 37(49):1611-24.
  • Musick, Kelly, Ann Meier, and Sarah Flood. 2016. "How Parents Fare: Mothers' and Fathers' Subjective Well-Being in Time with Children." American Sociological Review 81(5):1069-95.
  • Meier, Ann, Kelly Musick, Sarah Flood, and Rachel Dunifon. 2016. “Mothering Experiences: How Single-Parenthood and Employment Structure the Emotional Valence of Parenting.” Demography 53(3):649-74.
  • Musick, Kelly and Katherine Michelmore. 2015. “Change in the Stability of Marital and Cohabiting Unions Following the Birth of a Child.” Demography 52(5):1463-85.
  • Raymo, James, Kelly Musick, and Miho Iwasawa. 2015. “Gender Equity, Opportunity Costs of Parenthood, and Educational Differences in Unintended First Births: Insights from Japan.” Population Research and Policy Review34:179-199.
  • Meier, Ann and Kelly Musick. 2014. “Variation in Associations Between Family Dinners and Adolescent Well-Being.” Journal of Marriage and Family. 76(1):13–23.
  • Michelmore, Katherine and Kelly Musick. 2013. “Fertility Patterns of College Graduates by Field of Study, U.S. Women Born 1960–79.” Population Studies.
  • Musick, Kelly and Ann Meier. 2012. “Assessing Causality and Persistence in Associations Between Family Dinners and Adolescent Well-Being.” Journal of Marriage and Family. 74(3):476-93.
  • Musick, Kelly, Jennie Brand, and Dwight Davis. 2012. “Variation in the Relationship Between Education and Marriage: Marriage Market Mismatch?” Journal of Marriage and Family 74(1):53-69.
  • Musick, Kelly and Larry Bumpass. 2012. “Re-Examining the Case for Marriage: Union Formation and Changes in Well-Being.” Journal of Marriage and Family 74(1):1-18.
  • Musick, Kelly and Ann Meier. 2010. "Are Both Parents Always Better Than One? Parental Conflict and Young Adult Well-Being." Social Science Research 39:814-30.
  • Musick, Kelly, Paula England, Sarah Edgington, and Nicole Kangas. 2009. "Education Differences in Intended and Unintended Fertility." Social Forces 88(2):543-72.
  • Musick, Kelly, Judith A. Seltzer, and Christine R. Schwartz. 2008. “Neighborhood Norms and Substance Use Among Teens.” Social Science Research 37(1):138-55.
  • Wu, Lawrence L. and Kelly Musick. 2008. “Stability of Marital and Cohabiting Unions Following a First Birth.” Population Research and Policy Review 27(6):713-27.
  • Musick, Kelly. 2007. “Cohabitation, Nonmarital Childbearing, and the Marriage Process.” Demographic Research16(9):249-86.
  • Musick, Kelly and Robert D. Mare. 2006. “Recent Trends in the Inheritance of Poverty and Family Structure.” Social Science Research 35(2):471-99.
  • Musick, Kelly and Robert D. Mare. 2004. “Family Structure, Intergenerational Mobility, and the Reproduction of Poverty: Evidence for Increasing Polarization?” Demography 41(4):629-48.
  • Musick, Kelly. 2002. “Planned and Unplanned Childbearing Among Unmarried Women.” Journal of Marriage and Family 64(4):915-29.