Laurie Fields DeRose

Laurie DeRose is a senior fellow at the Institute for Family Studies, and has been serving as the Director of Research for their World Family Map project that investigates both the determinants of family strength and the outcomes stemming from family strength across the globe. She holds a PhD in Sociology from Brown University and has taught at the University of Maryland, Brown University, and Georgetown University. Her early research on sub-Saharan African demography laid the foundation for her current focus on global family studies. Dr. DeRose pushes the limits of developing country data to expand knowledge in comparative family sociology, and teaches students how to develop a path of inquiry and to think like sociologists.

Selected Publications

DeRose, Laurie F., Byron R. Johnson, Wendy Wang, and Andrés Salazar Arango. “Couple Religiosity, Male Headship, Intimate Partner Violence, and Infidelity.” Review of Religious Research. 

DeRose, Laurie F. “Gender Equity, Religion, and Fertility in Europe and North America.” Population and Development Review 47, no. 1 (2021): 41-55. 

DeRose, Laurie, Frances Goldscheider, Javiera Reyes Britto, Andrés Salazar-Arango, Montserrat Gas, Paúl Corcuera. “Are Children Barriers to the Gender Revolution?: International Comparisons.” European Journal of Population 35, no. 5 (2019): 987-1021.  

DeRose, Laurie F., Andrés Salazar-Arango, and Gloria Huarcaya. “Father Absence and the Reverse Gender Gap in Latin American Education.” Journal of Family Issues 39, no. 13 (2018): 3508-3534.

DeRose, Laurie F., and Øystein Kravdal. “Educational Reversals and First-Birth Timing in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Dynamic Multilevel Approach.” Demography 44, no. 1 (February 2007): 59-77. 

DeRose, Laurie F., and Alex C. Ezeh. “Men's Influence on the Onset and Progress of Fertility Transition in Ghana.” Population Studies 59, no. 2 (July 2005): 197-210. 

DeRose, Laurie F., Maitreyi Das, and Sara R. Millman. “Does Female Disadvantage Mean Lower Access to Food? Population and Development Review 26, no. 3 (September 2000): 517-547. 

DeRose, Laurie F. "The stability of cohabitation compared to marriage." Chapter 3 in Douglas Besharov, Mary Daly, Neil Gilbert, and Birgit Pfau-Effinger, eds. International Handbook on Family Policy. Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming.

Cahn, Naomi R., June Carbone, Laurie F. DeRose, and W. Bradford Wilcox, eds. Family Inequality in Europe and the Americas: Causes and Consequences. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018. (Lead author for introduction). 

Madhavan, Sangeetha, and Laurie F. DeRose. “Families and Crisis in the Developing World: Implications for Responding to Children Affected by HIV/AIDS.” Paper commissioned by the Joint Learning Initiative on Children and HIV/AIDS, Learning Group on Strengthening Families, November 2008.