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Stacy Silver

Stacy Silver

Associate Professor of Sociology and Human Development and Family Studies

Honors Advisor, Sociology and Criminology

Director, Undergraduate Program in Sociology

1006 Oswald Tower
University Park , PA 16802
Office Phone: (814) 865-8798

Curriculum Vitae

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  1. Ph.D. 1993, The Ohio State University Department of Sociology
  2. M.A. 1989, The Ohio State University Department of Sociology
  3. B.A. 1986, The State University of New York at Geneseo Department of Sociology

Research and Teaching Interests

Family relationships and the well-being of people in biological families and stepfamilies

Divorce, remarriage, and stepparenting

Women's and men's experiences of gender from a sociological perspective

Physicality and the ways people experience their bodies


Dr. Silver’s research focuses on marital quality, and parent/child relationships in first married families and stepfamilies, including topics such as changes in marital quality over time, the relation between wives’ employment, marital quality and divorce, mothers’ employment and children’s well-being, and satisfaction with parenting.  She has worked on research teams funded by the National Institute on Aging and by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and Dr. Silver’s research has been published in journals such as Journal of Marriage and Family, Social Forces, and Journal of Family Issues. She has also published research on adolescents and tattoos in Deviant Behavior and Social Problems.

Dr. Silver teaches a range of classes including large undergraduate courses that include topics such as love, American polygamy, marriage, parenting, sexuality, divorce and stepfamilies, cohabitation, same sex relationships and parenting, gender experiences of women and men, and the way people experience their bodies.  In 2005 Dr. Silver received an Excellence in Teaching Award from the Department of Sociology.  In 2013 she was one of the 6 Penn State faculty chosen as ‘The Best Professors at Penn State, as Nominated by Your Classmates’ and in 2014 Dr. Silver was nominated for the College of Liberal Arts Malvin E. and Lea P. Bank Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching.

Selected Publications

Silver, Eric, Stacy Rogers Silver, Sonja Siennick, and George Farkas.  2011. ‘Bodily Signs of Academic Success: An Empirical Examination of Tattoos and Grooming.’  Social Problems, 58, 538-564

Silver, Eric, Matthew Van Eseltine, Stacy Rogers Silver. 2009. Tattoo Acquisition: A Prospective Longitudinal Study of Adolescents. Deviant Behavior, 30, 511-538.

Amato, Paul R., David Johnson, Alan Booth, and Stacy J. Rogers. 2007. Alone Together: How Marriage in America is Changing. Harvard University Press.

Schoen, Robert, Stacy J. Rogers and Paul R. Amato. 2006. Wives’ Employment and  Marital Happiness: Assessing the Direction of Influence Using Longitudinal Couple Data. Journal of  Family Issues, 27, 506-528.

Rogers, Stacy J. 2004. Dollars, Dependency, and Divorce: Four Perspectives on the Role of Wives’ Income. Journal of Marriage and Family, 66, 59- 74.

Rogers, Stacy J. and Dee C. May.  2003. Spillover Between Marital Quality and Job Satisfaction: Long-Term Patterns and Gender Differences.  Journal of Marriage and Family, 65, 482- 495.

Amato, Paul R., David Johnson, Alan Booth, and Stacy J. Rogers. 2003.  Continuity and Change  in Marital Quality Between 1980 and 2000." Journal of Marriage and Family, 65, 1-22.

Rogers, Stacy J., and Danelle D. DeBoer.  2001.  Changes in Wives’ Income:  Effects on Marital Happiness, Psychological Well-Being, and the Risk of Divorce.  Journal of Marriage and the Family, 63, 458- 472.

Rogers, Stacy J., and Paul R. Amato.  2000.  Have Changes in Gender Relations Affected Marital Quality?  Social Forces, 79, 731- 753.

White, Lynn, and Stacy J. Rogers. 2000.  The Economic Context of Relationship Outcomes: A Decade in Review.  Journal of Marriage and the Family, 62, 1035- 1051.

Rogers, Stacy J. 1999a.  The Nexus of Job Satisfaction, Marital Satisfaction, and Individual Well-Being:  Does Marriage Order Matter?  In T. Parcel (Ed.) Research in the Sociology of Work, Volume 7, (pp. 141- 197) Connecticut:  JAI Press.

Rogers, Stacy J. 1999b.  Wives’ Income and Marital Quality:  Are There Reciprocal Effects?  Journal of Marriage and the Family, 6,123- 132.

Amato, Paul R., and Stacy J. Rogers.  1999.  Do Attitudes Toward Divorce Affect Marital Quality? Journal of Family Issues, 20, 69-86.

Rogers, Stacy J., and Lynn K. White.  1998.  Satisfaction with Parenting:  The Role of Marital Happiness, Family Structure, and Parents’ Gender.  Journal of Marriage and the Family, 60, 293- 308.

Amato, Paul R., and Stacy J. Rogers. 1997.  A Longitudinal Study of Marital Problems and Subsequent Divorce.  Journal of Marriage and the Family, 59, 612- 624.

Rogers, Stacy J., and Paul R. Amato.  1997.  Is Marital Quality Declining?  Evidence From Two Generations.  Social Forces, 75, 1089- 1100.

White, Lynn K., and Stacy J. Rogers.  1997.  Strong Support but Uneasy Relationships: Coresidence and Adult Children’s Relationships with Their Parents.  Journal of Marriage and the Family, 59, 62- 76.

Rogers, Stacy J. 1996a.  Marital Quality, Mothers’ Parenting, and Children’s Outcomes: A Comparison of Mother/Father and Mother/Stepfather Families.  Sociological Focus, 29, 325- 340.

Rogers, Stacy J. 1996b. Maternal Working Conditions and Children’s Behavior Problems.  In Kathryn M. Borman & Paula Dubeck (Eds.)  Women and Work:  A Handbook.  (pp. 419- 421).  New York: Garland

Rogers, Stacy J. 1996c.  Mothers’ Work Hours and Marital Quality:  Variations by Family Structure and Family Size.  Journal of Marriage and the Family, 58, 606- 617.

Rogers, Stacy J. 1996d.  The New Role of Women:  Family Formation in Modern Societies, edited by Hans-Peter Blossfeld.  Book review published in Social Forces, 75, 384-385.

Rogers, Stacy J., Toby L. Parcel, and Elizabeth G. Menaghan.  1991.  The Effects of Maternal Working Conditions and Mastery on Child Behavior Problems:  Studying the Intergenerational Transmission of Social Control.  Journal of Health and Social Behavior, 32, 145- 164.

Rogers, Stacy J., and Elizabeth G. Menaghan.  1991.  Women’s Persistence in Undergraduate Majors:  The Effects of Gender-Disproportionate Representation. Gender & Society, 5, 549- 564.

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