Fenaba Addo

Fenaba R. Addo

Lorna Jorgensen Wendt Assistant Professor of Money, Relationships, and Equality
Consumer Science Department; Personal Finance Major
Office 4204
608-262-2831

“Research is formalized curiosity. It is poking and prying with a purpose.”

–Zora Neale Hurston

 

I am an assistant professor of consumer science whose research agenda examines the role of debt and increasing wealth inequality over the past 40 years within communities of color, among economically vulnerable populations in the U.S., and across the life course. I am a social policy researcher whose work is interdisciplinary, spanning the fields of family and social demography, economics, and policy analysis. Click here for more information on papers and presentations.

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Education

PhD, Policy Analysis and Management, Cornell University
BS, Economics, Duke University

Affiliations

CFS
IRP
Center for Demography and Ecology
La Follette School of Public Affairs
Department of Sociology

Social Media

Twitter: @FenabaAddo

Personal Website

Fenaba R. Addo

  • Cohabitation and marriage
  • Debt and wealth
  • Social determinants of racial health and wealth disparities
  • Transition to adulthood

 

Bhattacharya, Jhumpa, Anne Price, and Fenaba Addo. 2019. “Clipped Wings: Closing the Wealth Gap for Millennial Women.” Asset Funders Network.

Addo, Fenaba, Jason Houle, and Sharon Sassler. 2019. “The Changing Nature of the Association Between Student Loan Debt and Marital Formation in Young Adulthood.” Journal of Family and Economic Issues, 40(1), 86-101.

Houle, Jason and Fenaba Addo. 2018. “Racial Disparities in Student Loan Debt and the Reproduction of the Fragile Black Middle Class.” Sociology of Race and Ethnicity, 2332649218790989.

Su, Jessica H. and Fenaba Addo. 2018. “Born Without a Silver Spoon: Race, Wealth, and Unintended Childbearing.” Journal of Family and Economic Issues, 39(4), 600-615.

Addo, Fenaba, Jason Houle, and Daniel Simon. 2016. “Young, Black, and (Still) in the Red: Parental Wealth, Race, and Student Loan Debt.” Race and Social Problems, DOI: 10.1007/s12552-016-9162-0.

Williams, Kristi, Sharon Sassler, Fenaba Addo, and Adrienne Frech. 2015. “First-birth Timing, Marital History, and Women’s Health at Midlife.” Journal of Health and Social Behavior, 56, 514-533.

Addo, Fenaba. 2014. “Debt, Cohabitation, and Marriage in Young Adulthood.” Demography. 51, 1688-1701.

Sassler, Sharon, Kristi Williams, Fenaba Addo, Adrienne Frech, and Elizabeth Cooksey. 2013. “Family Structure and High School Graduation: How Children Born to Unmarried Mothers Fare.”Genus, 69, 1-33.

Williams, Kristi, Sharon Sassler, Adrienne Frech, Fenaba Addo, and Elizabeth Cooksey. 2013. “Policy Brief: Does Nonmarital Childbearing and Mother’s Later Marriage Influence Child Health in Adolescence?” Journal of Health and Social Behavior, 54(3), 277.

Williams, Kristi, Sharon Sassler, Adrienne Frech, Fenaba Addo, and Elizabeth Cooksey. 2013. “Mothers’ Union Histories and the Mental and Physical Health of Adolescents Born to Unmarried Mothers.” Journal of Health and Social Behavior, 54(3), 278-295.

Addo, Fenaba, and Daniel Lichter. 2013. “Marriage, Marital History, and Black-White Wealth Differentials among Older Women.” Journal of Marriage and Family, 75(2), 342-362.

Sassler, Sharon, Fenaba Addo, and Daniel Lichter. 2012. “The Tempo of Sexual Activity and Later Relationship Quality.” Journal of Marriage and Family, 74(4), 708-725.

Addo, Fenaba. 2012. “Ethnoracial Differences in Early Union Experiences among Young Adult Women.” The Review of Black Political Economy. 39(4), 427-444.

Williams, Kristi, Sharon Sassler, Adrienne Frech, Fenaba Addo, and Elizabeth Cooksey. 2011. “Nonmarital Childbearing, Union History, and Women’s Health at Midlife.” American Sociological Review, 76(3), 465-486.

Addo, Fenaba and Sharon Sassler. 2010. “Financial Arrangements and Relationship Quality in Low-Income Couples.” Family Relations, 59(4), 408-423.

Sassler, Sharon, Fenaba Addo, and Elizabeth Hartmann. 2010. “The Tempo of Relationship Progression among Low-Income Couples.” Social Science Research, 39(5), 831-844.

Consumer Research and Data Analysis (CS201/CS501)

Consumer Spending and Saving Over the Lifecycle (CS527)

Consumer Policy and Analysis (CS579)

Family Economic Policy (CS930)