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Many couples in the United States choose to live together. In fact, cohabitation has become normative, both as a typical living arrangement and a precursor to marriage. Yet while the media increasingly concurs that cohabitation is “the new normal,” we know very little about how these relationships begin and unfold. At what point in the relationship do people decide to move in together, and why? And what happens afterwards?
In a Chats in the Stacks book talk at Mann Library in October 2017, Sharon Sassler, professor of policy analysis and management in the College of Human Ecology, explored insights from her new book, co-authored with Amanda Miller, University of Indianapolis. She highlighted impacts of social class and education on romantic relationships in an era of economic uncertainty, and what it means to live together in the 21st century.
Sassler received her Ph.D. in Sociology from Brown University in 1995, and joined the Cornell faculty in the Department of Policy Analysis and Management in 2005. A social demographer, her research examines factors shaping the activities of young adults and their life course transitions into school and work, relationships, and parenthood, and how these transitions vary by gender, race/ethnicity, and social class.