Stacy Silver

Stacy Silver

Associate Professor of Sociology and Human Development and Family Studies

Honors Advisor, Sociology and Criminology

Office: 1006 Oswald Tower
Department Mailbox: 211 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

My interests center on the institution of the American family.  Currently, specific interests include intimate relationships, marital quality, divorce and stepfamilies, parent/child relationships.


I have worked on research teams funded by the National Institute on Aging and by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and my research on families has been published in journals such as Journal of Marriage and Family, Social Forces, and Journal of Family Issues. I have also published research on adolescents and tattoos in Deviant Behavior and Social Problems.

I enjoy teaching and offer a range of classes including an Honors class and large undergraduate courses on family that include topics organized around the themes of the lifecourse such as love, hooking up and sexuality, marriage, parenting, divorce and stepfamilies, cohabitation, same sex relationships, and gender experiences of women and men. 


In 2005 I received an Excellence in Teaching Award from the Department of Sociology.  In 2013 I was one of the 6 Penn State faculty chosen as ‘The Best Professors at Penn State, as Nominated by Your Classmates’ In 2014 and 2015 I  was nominated for the College of Liberal Arts Malvin E. and Lea P. Bank Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching. In 2016 I received the Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award for the College of the Liberal Arts.

    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.