Andrew Cherlin

  • 2011 Ernest Burgess Fellow

  • Andrew Cherlin is the Benjamin H. Griswold III Professor of Sociology at Johns Hopkins University.  His research focuses on changes in American family life.  Specifically, he studies trends in marriage and divorce, the effects of divorce on children, intergenerational relationships, family policy, and welfare policy.  In 1999, Cherlin was President of the Population Association of America, a nonprofit organization promoting research on and improvement of issues related to the human population.

    In Cherlin’s most recent book, The Marriage-Go-Round: The State of Marriage and the Family Today (Knopf 2009), he analyzes the status of matrimony and partnership in the U.S. and why it differs from marriages in other Western countries. He describes why Americans are so eager to marry, yet divorce at such high rates.  He considers the effect of family instability (re-marriages, live-in partners, short-term cohabitation) on children.  As a policy analyst, Cherlin also examines the impact of public policies intended to support marriage.  In Public and Private Families (McGraw-Hill 2009), Cherlin contrasts the intimate concerns of private family life with that of public family life in which we deal with broader social issues.

    In addition to books, Cherlin’s articles hаνе appeared іn Thе Nеw York Times Magazine, Thе Nation, аnd οn thе op-ed pages οf Thе Nеw York Times, Thе Washington Post, аnd οthеr publications. In 2005, Cherlin was awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship and in 2003 received the Distinguished Career Award from the Family Section of the American Sociological Association.

    • Andrew Cherlin