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Arielle Kuperberg

Associate Professor of Sociology and Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies, University of North Carolina

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About Arielle

Kuperberg's research focuses on student loans and impacts on graduates, families, and romantic and sexual relationships, especially cohabitation, marriage and divorce; college hookups and dating; and stay-at-home fathers and mothers. Overarching themes in Kuperberg's writings include recent social change in young adulthood, families, relationships, and economic challenges faced by Millennials and Gen Z.


In the News

Quoted by Anna P. Kambhampaty in "When the Rent Rushes Relationships," The New York Times, June 24, 2022.
Guest on Sex and Psychology Podcast, April 19, 2022.
Quoted by Jessica Klein in "Are Gen Z More Pragmatic About Love and Sex?," Love Life, January 7, 2022.


"“He’s a Mr. Mom”: Cultural Ambivalence in Print News Depictions of Stay-at-Home Fathers, 1987–2016" (with Pamela Stone and Torie Lucas). Gender and Society 36, no. 3 (2022).

Discusses the rise of stay-at-home fathers over time and the continued stigma around fathers who choose to take on this role.

"Social Norms and Expectations about Student Loans and Family Formation*" (with Arielle Kuperberg). Sociological Inquiry (2021): 1–33.

Examines student's expectations about family formation and other effects of student loans after graduation.

"Student Loans, College Attendance and Completion, and Family Formation," (with Arielle Kuperberg), University of North Carolina at Greensboro, June 18, 2018.

Finds women college graduates with loans have fewer children compared to college graduates without loans, and are more likely to be unmarried when they have children.

"Partner Meeting Contexts and Risky Behavior in College Students’ Other-Sex and Same-Sex Hookups" (with Joseph E. Padgett). The Journal of Sex Research, 54, no. 1 (2017): 55-72.

Examines how the places where students meet partners (including dormitories) and other factors are related to whether students take risks during sexual encounters; results relevant to risk-taking among students during COVID.

"Age at Coresidence, Premarital Cohabitation, and Marriage Dissolution: 1985–2009" Journal of Marriage and Family 76, no. 2 (2014): 352-369.

Finds that cohabitation does not cause divorce, overturning prior research. Mentions the reason for the link is the younger age at which cohabitors tend to move in with each other, which is linked to higher divorce rates.