Kristin E. Smith

Phone: (603) 862-1290
Office: Carsey School of Public Policy, Huddleston Hall Rm G05, Durham, NH 03824
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Kristin Smith is a family demographer at the Carsey School of Public Policy and research associate professor of sociology at the University of New Hampshire. Her research interests focus on women’s labor force participation and work and family policy. Kristin has examined women’s employment, earnings, and wives’ contributions to overall family economic well-being; how families cope with economic turmoil due to either economic restructuring or recessions; the low-wage caregiving workforce; and workplace flexibility and policy.

Kristin recently published a co-edited book, Economic Restructuring and Family Well-being in Rural America, and her work has been published in Demography, Monthly Labor Review, Family Relations, and elsewhere. In addition, Kristin's work has been reported in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, the Boston Globe, and numerous online and local media outlets, and she has appeared on National Public Radio. Kristin is a member of the Working Group on Care Work at the Russell Sage Foundation. She worked with the U.S. Census Bureau for seven years as a family demographer, and she has extensive experience analyzing several national data sets (Census 2000, American Community Survey, Survey of Income and Program Participation, the Current Population Survey, and the National Changing Workforce Survey). Her prior experience includes working on international population policy in Francophone Africa. She has a doctorate degree from the University of Maryland, a master of public health degree from Tulane University, and a bachelor's degree from the University of Vermont.


  • Ph.D., Demography and Population, University of Maryland
  • Ph.D., Sociology, University of Maryland
  • M.P.H., Political Science & Government, Tulane University
  • B.A., French, University of Vermont
  • B.A., Political Science & Government, University of Vermont

Research Interests

  • Women's labor force participation
  • Work and family policy

Selected Publications

Sassler, S., Michelmore, K., & Smith, K. (2017). A Tale of Two Majors: Explaining the Gender Gap in STEM Employment among Computer Science and Engineering Degree Holders. Social Sciences, 6(3), 69. doi:10.3390/socsci6030069

Smith, K. E. (2017). Changing gender roles and rural poverty. In A. Tickamyer, J. Sherman, & J. Warlick (Eds.), Rural Poverty in the U.S.A.. New York: Columbia University Press.

Smith, K. E. (2015). Shortchanged: Why Women Have Less Wealth and What Can Be Done about It By Mariko Lin Chang Oxford University Press. 2012. 224 pages. $19.95 paper. Social Forces, 94(1), e29. doi:10.1093/sf/sot090

Smith, K. E., & Mattingly, M. J. (2014). Husbands' job loss and wives' labor force participation during economic downturns: are all recessions the same?. MONTHLY LABOR REVIEW. Retrieved from

Hollister, M. N., & Smith, K. E. (2014). Unmasking the Conflicting Trends in Job Tenure by Gender in the United States, 1983–2008. American Sociological Review, 79(1), 159-181. doi:10.1177/0003122413514584

Baughman, R. A., & Smith, K. E. (2012). LABOR MOBILITY OF THE DIRECT CARE WORKFORCE: IMPLICATIONS FOR THE PROVISION OF LONG-TERM CARE. Health Economics, 21(12), 1402-1415. doi:10.1002/hec.1798

Mattingly, M. J., & Smith, K. E. (2010). Changes in Wives' Employment When Husbands Stop Working: A Recession-Prosperity Comparison. Family Relations, 59(4), 343-357. doi:10.1111/j.1741-3729.2010.00607.x

Potter, S. J., Churilla, A., & Smith, K. (2006). An Examination of Full-Time Employment in the Direct-Care Workforce. Journal of Applied Gerontology, 25(5), 356-374. doi:10.1177/0733464806292227

Casper, L. M., & Smith, K. (2004). Self-care: Why Do Parents Leave Their Children Unsupervised?. Demography, 41(2), 285-301. doi:10.1353/dem.2004.0013

Casper, L. M., & Smith, K. E. (2002). Dispelling the myths - Self-care, class, and race. JOURNAL OF FAMILY ISSUES, 23(6), 716-727. doi:10.1177/0192513X02023006002

Most Cited Publications