Fenaba Addo

Fenaba R. Addo

Assistant Professor of Consumer Science
4204 Nancy Nicholas Hall, 1300 Linden Drive
608-262-2831
“Research is formalized curiosity. It is poking and prying with a purpose.”
-Zora Neale Hurston
As an assistant professor of consumer science, my research agenda examines the role of debt and increasing wealth inequality over the past forty years within communities of color, among economically vulnerable populations in the U.S., and across the life course. As a quantitative researcher my work is interdisciplinary, drawing on theories from economics, social demography, and policy analysis.

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Fenaba Addo CV

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

 

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.

Family Economic Policy (CS 930)
Consumer Research and Analysis (CS201)
Consumer Spending & Saving Over the Lifecycle (CS527)