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Department of Sociology Faculty

Mariana Amorim

Assistant Professor

Ph.D., Cornell University, 2019


Family, Social Policies, Demography

Research Interests

My research focuses on family dynamics, intergenerational support over the life course, and social welfare policies. I rely on a wide range of large scale data sets, and a diverse methodological toolkit in order to investigate how resource allocation within families contribute to the well-being of family members, particularly children and older adults. Currently, I am investigating how economic insecurity and family complexity shape low-income parents’, grandparents’ and adult children’s resource allocation, decision making, and well-being.

If you want to apply for the Sociology PhD program at WSU and you are interested in (1) Poverty and Social Policies; (2) Family; or (3) Applied Demography, please consider reaching out to me. I would love to set up a meeting and get to know you before you apply to our program.

Selected Publications

Amorim, M., & Deming, S* (2022) “Black-White Disparities in Nuclear Family Transitions and Postsecondary Transfers to Children”. Journal of Marriage and Family, 84(4), 1024-1045.

Amorim, M., & Schneider, D. (2022). Schedule Unpredictability and High-Cost Debt Among Service Workers.” Sociological Science9(5), 102-135.

Amorim, M. (2021). The Effects of Basic Income on Child-Related Investments: the Case of the Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend. Social Forces, soab 119,

Amorim, M. (2021). ‘My Favorite One is the One Who is There Right Now’: Socioeconomic Differences in Support Exchanges Within Stepfamilies. Social Problems, spab068,

Pilkauskas, N., Amorim, M., & Dunifon, R. (2020) Historical Trends in Children Living in Multigenerational Households: 1870-2018. Demography, 57(6), 2269-2296.

Amorim, M., & Tach, L. (2019). Multiple-Partner Fertility and Cohort Change in the Prevalence of Half-Siblings. Demography56(6), 2033-2061.


Mariana Amorim.


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