Dr. Jessica Houston Su is a sociologist who studies American family life and inequality. As a family demographer, she uses a sociological lens and quantitative analytic techniques to examine how social patterns of family formation create and reproduce inequality. Her research contributes to the sociological literature in families, health, inequality, work, and demography.
One stream of her research examines the causes and consequences of unintended and nonmarital fertility. For example, she examines how both macro and micro economic resources are related to social patterns of unintended childbearing. She also examines the short- and long-term implications of unintended childbearing for the mental health of parents and children.
Her research appears in peer-reviewed journals such as Demography, the Journal of Marriage and Family, and the Journal of Health and Social Behavior. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology from Cornell University and her B.A. in Sociology from Dartmouth College.