Sharon Sassler received her B.A. at Brandeis University in 1984. In 1989 she returned to graduate school at Brown University, where in 1995 she received her PhD in Sociology with a concentration in Demography (for more information on the Population Studies and Training Center click here. Following a post-doctoral fellowship at Johns Hopkins University, she taught for one year at Wellesley College before joining the Hunter College faculty in 1997.
A social demographer, her research examines how population changes influence our society. Her primary areas of interest are the demography of families and households, focusing on ethnic differences in marriage timing, cohabitation, and living arrangements of young adults. She also does research on immigrant women's roles and activities at the turn of the century, social inequality, and residential segregation. At Hunter College, she teaches courses on the family, population, the future of marriage, and social inequality. She is an active member of the Population Association of America, and the Hunter College representative for the New York Bureau of the Census.
White, Michael J. and Sharon Sassler. Forthcoming, 2000. "Judging Not Only By Color: Ethnicity, Nativity, and Neighborhood Attainment." Social Science Quarterly.
Sassler, Sharon. Forthcoming, December 1999. "Learning to be an 'American Lady'? Ethnic Distinctiveness and Generational Change in Daughters' Activities in the Early 1900s." Gender & Society, Special Issue on the Family.
Sassler, Sharon and Robert Schoen. February 1999. "The Impact of Attitudes and Economic Activity on Marriage Behavior." Journal of Marriage and the Family 61(1):147-159.
Sassler, Sharon. 1997. "Women's Marital Timing at the Turn of the Century: Generational and Ethnic Differences." The Sociological Quarterly 38(4): 567-585.
Sassler, Sharon and Michael J. White. 1997. "Ethnicity, Gender, and Social Mobility in 1910." Social Science History. 21(2):321-357.