Catherine J Doren, PhD

Postdoctoral Research Associate
Office Phone
286 Wallace Hall

PhD, Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison (2018)
MS, Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison (2015)
BA, Sociology, Wesleyan University (2013)


I am a Postdoctoral Research Associate with the Center for Research on Child
Wellbeing and the Office of Population Research at Princeton University. I
completed my PhD at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in August 2018. My
research, which has been published in Journal of Marriage and Family and
Sociology of Education, aims to understand how inequalities evolve across the
life course by gender, education, and race.

Much of my work considers how fertility timing and number of children affect
women’s labor market participation and earnings. For example, are mothers
especially likely to exit the labor force at their second child? Is variation
in the wage penalties (or premiums) experienced by mothers with different
fertility timing, numbers of children, and levels of education masked by
estimating a single effect of motherhood for all? And, to what degree do
growing educational differences in fertility timing affect rising income
inequality across women? Another line of my research considers how education
and race interact with gender and women’s family formation patterns to
shape gender inequality by race, and racial inequality within and across
generations. A third branch of my work studies intergenerational transmission
of advantage, giving attention to how parental characteristics and family
formation patterns affect children’s outcomes.

Selected Publications

Doren, Catherine. 2018. “Is Two Too Many? Parity and Mothers’ Labor Force
Exit.” Journal of Marriage and Family.

Doren, Catherine and Eric Grodsky. 2016. “What skills can buy: Transmission
of advantage through cognitive and noncognitive skills.” Sociology of
Education 89(4): 321-342.