Spencer James

Spencer James
318 Oswald Tower
University Park , PA 16802
Office Phone: (814) 865-6355


  1. The Pennsylvania State University
  2. Ph.D., Sociology and Demography (Expected 2012)
  3. Doctoral Certificate in Quantitative Methods (2011)
  4. Brigham Young University
  5. M.S. 2008, Sociology
  6. B.S. 2006, Sociology-Research and Analysis (Cum Laude)


Professional Interests

Marriage and Family; Social Demography; Union Quality, Dissolution, and Formation; Quantitative Methods; Sub-Saharan Africa

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

2011    Amato, Paul R., Jennifer Buher-Kane, and Spencer L. James. “Reconsidering ‘The Good Divorce’.” Forthcoming in Family Relations.

2010    James, Spencer L., Ralph B. Brown, Todd L. Goodsell, Josh Stovall, and Jeremy Flaherty. "Adapting to Hard Times: Family Participation Patterns in Local Thrift Economies.” Family Relations 59:383-395.

2010    Amato, Paul R. and Spencer L. James. “Divorce in Europe and the United States: Commonalities and Differences across Nations.”Family Science (Official Journal of the European Society on Family Relations) 1(1):2-13.

2009    Heaton, Tim, Spencer  L. James, and Yaw-Oheneba-Sakyi. “Religion and Socioeconomic Attainment in Ghana.” Review of Religious Research 51(1):71-86.


Variance in Trajectories of Marital Quality across the American Life Course

Dissertation Chair(s):

Paul Amato

Research Interests:

Marriage and Family; Social Demography; Union Dissolution, Quality, and Dissolution; Quantitative Methods; Sub-Saharan Africa