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Mick Cunningham (PhD, Sociology, University of Michigan 1999) is Professor and Chair of Sociology at Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA. He has been at Western Washington University since 1999, and an affiliate of the University of Washington’s Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology (CSDE) since 2002. He has been Chair of the Sociology Department at Western Washington University since 2011.
Cunningham’s research examines the long-term influences of parents on children, the consequences of divorce, the factors shaping individuals’ attitudes about family life, and the changing roles and responsibilities of women and men in families. His research linking parental characteristics to young adult outcomes including family attitudes and well-being continues to be regularly cited in the field. In addition, he has made important contributions to the literature on the work-family nexus through his longitudinal research investigating reciprocal relationships between women’s paid and unpaid work over the life course. He has also examined changing attitudes about family and gender in a European context, with a particular focus on Northern Ireland. Cunningham has recently embarked on study of intimate partner violence with Dr. Kristin Anderson of Western Washington University. They are analyzing data from the recently-released National Intimate Partner Violence and Sexual Assault survey. (Note that these data are highly protected and are not housed on CSDE servers.) Among other topics, this research project will investigate the links between economic status and experiences of intimate partner violence. Each of these projects is rooted in understanding important changes in family life in the U.S. and other countries that can be directly linked to well-being.