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Megan Doherty Bea

Assistant Professor
Consumer Science Department; Personal Finance Major
Office 4222
“How rich we are in knowledge, and in all that lies around us yet to learn. Billionaires, all of us.”

–Ursula K. Le Guin, in No Time to Spare

I am an Assistant Professor of Consumer Science studying consumer finance and financial well-being. My research is motivated by a desire to understand the causes and consequences of socioeconomic and financial inequality, particularly in the American context. For this work, I bring a sociological perspective informed by law, economics, and geography to examine a range of topics. Recent research topics include financial security among young adults and consumer access to financial services in communities.

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PhD, Sociology, Cornell University
MA, Sociology, Cornell University
BA, Economics and French, Bryn Mawr College


Faculty Affiliate, Department of Human Development and Family Studies
Center for Financial Security
Center for Demography and Ecology
Faculty Affiliate, Department of Sociology
Institute for Research on Poverty

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Twitter: @Meg_Bea

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Finances and Families (CNSR SCI 273)

Advanced Consumer Analytics (CNSR SCI 301)

Doherty Bea, Megan and Youngmin Yi. “Leaving the Financial Nest: Connecting Young Adults’ Financial Independence to Financial Security.” Journal of Marriage and Family 81(2): 397 – 414. (doi:10.1111/jomf.12553.)

Doherty Bea, Megan. “Racial and Ethnic Differences in Consumers’ Economic Expectations.” Socius: Sociological Research for a Dynamic World 5: 1 – 17. (doi: 10.1177/2378023118815270.)

Musick, Kelly, Megan Doherty Bea, and Pilar Gonalons-Pons. “His and Her Work and Earnings Following Parenthood in the United States, Germany, and the United Kingdom.” American Sociological Review. (doi: 10.1177/0003122420934430)