Kristin Smith

Family Demographer
Phone: (603) 862-1290
Office: Carsey School of Public Policy, Huddleston Hall Rm G05, Durham, NH 03824
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Kristin Smith is a family demographer at the Carsey School of Public Policy and research associate professor of sociology at the University of New Hampshire. Smith’s research focus is on gender inequality, labor markets and employment, and work and family policy. She has researched labor force issues, including gender differences in job tenure and shifting determinants of women’s labor supply and the consequences of those shifts. In addition, Smith has studied occupational variation in earnings, job retention and job flexibility, principally focused on care workers and more recently on STEM workers. Smith also studies family policy, including paid family and medical leave, examining inequity in access and impacts on labor supply decisions. Smith’s expertise lies in examining trends in how work and family life interconnect, developing workforce policy recommendations, and applying a gender lens to her analysis. She has a broad background in demography and sociology, has extensive experience in survey design and implementation, and is proficient at quantitative data analysis of cross-sectional and longitudinal data.

Kristin studied French and Political Science as an undergraduate at the University of Vermont, and earned a Master in Public Health degree from Tulane University, and a PhD in Sociology at the University of Maryland.


  • Ph.D., Demography and Population, University of Maryland
  • Ph.D., Sociology, University of Maryland
  • M.P.H., Political Science & Government, Tulane University
  • B.A., French, University of Vermont
  • B.A., Political Science & Government, University of Vermont

Research Interests

  • Women's labor force participation
  • Work and family policy

Selected Publications

Smith, K. E. (2017). Changing gender roles and rural poverty. In A. Tickamyer, J. Sherman, & J. Warlick (Eds.), Rural Poverty in the U.S.A.. New York: Columbia University Press.

Smith, K. E. (2015). Shortchanged: Why Women Have Less Wealth and What Can Be Done about It By Mariko Lin Chang Oxford University Press. 2012. 224 pages. $19.95 paper. Social Forces, 94(1), e29. doi:10.1093/sf/sot090

Smith, K. E., & Mattingly, M. J. (2014). Husbands' job loss and wives' labor force participation during economic downturns: are all recessions the same?. MONTHLY LABOR REVIEW. Retrieved from

Hollister, M. N., & Smith, K. E. (2014). Unmasking the Conflicting Trends in Job Tenure by Gender in the United States, 1983–2008. American Sociological Review, 79(1), 159-181. doi:10.1177/0003122413514584

Smith, K. E., & Glauber, R. (2013). Exploring the spatial wage penalty for women: Does it matter where you live?. Social Science Research, 42(5), 1390-1401. doi:10.1016/j.ssresearch.2013.03.006

Baughman, R. A., & Smith, K. E. (2012). LABOR MOBILITY OF THE DIRECT CARE WORKFORCE: IMPLICATIONS FOR THE PROVISION OF LONG-TERM CARE. Health Economics, 21(12), 1402-1415. doi:10.1002/hec.1798

Potter, S. J., Churilla, A., & Smith, K. (2006). An Examination of Full-Time Employment in the Direct-Care Workforce. Journal of Applied Gerontology, 25(5), 356-374. doi:10.1177/0733464806292227

Casper, L. M., & Smith, K. (2004). Self-care: Why Do Parents Leave Their Children Unsupervised?. Demography, 41(2), 285-301. doi:10.1353/dem.2004.0013

Casper, L. M., & Smith, K. E. (2002). Dispelling the myths - Self-care, class, and race. JOURNAL OF FAMILY ISSUES, 23(6), 716-727. doi:10.1177/0192513X02023006002

Mattingly, M. J., & Smith, K. E. (n.d.). Changes in Wives' Employment When Husbands Stop Working: A Recession-Prosperity Comparison. Family Relations, 59(4), 343-357. doi:10.1111/j.1741-3729.2010.00607.x

Most Cited Publications