Christina J. Cross

Christina J. Cross is a Postdoctoral Fellow and Assistant Professor of Sociology at Harvard University (beginning 2022). Her research falls at the intersection of families, race/ethnicity, and social inequality. She examines how family structure, change, and dynamics influence individuals’ life chances, particularly among minoritized and/or low-income populations. Much of her work has focused on childhood as a key stage in the life course for the emergence and accumulation of social advantages or disadvantages. Her work has appeared in outlets such as Social Problems, Demography, and the Journal of Marriage and Family. Her research has been supported by organizations including the National Science Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Social Science Research Council. It has received numerous awards, including the American Sociological Association’s 2020 Dissertation Award and the Population Association of America’s Dorothy S. Thomas Award. Cross holds a PhD in Public Policy and Sociology from the University of Michigan.