Marybeth J. Mattingly

Director of Research on Vulnerable Families
Phone: (603) 862-2961
Office: Carsey School of Public Policy, Huddleston Hall Rm G05, Durham, NH 03824
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Beth Mattingly is director of research on vulnerable families at the Carsey School of Public Policy and a research assistant professor of sociology. She manages all of Carsey’s policy relevant work relating to family well-being. Topics covered by the vulnerable families research team range from refundable tax credits, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and other federal programs, as well as policies that help families balance the domains of work and family like access to affordable child care and paid sick leave. Her interests center on women, children, and family well-being. Her work at Carsey examines child poverty and how different family policies affect rural, suburban, and urban families and how growing up in poverty influences life outcomes. Beth’s research also looks at obstacles to stability in family life and how state and federal policies may better support children and families. Beth is also a research consultant for the Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality. As a research consultant she works on a host of projects including developing innovative poverty measures like the California Poverty Measure and research toward understanding Hispanic poverty and inequality.

Beth has published in several academic journals, including Social Forces and Journal of Marriage and Family, and in edited volumes. Her work has been featured in NY Times, Washington Post, Time magazine, Real Simple magazine, USA Today, and other media outlets. In addition, she has appeared on National Public Radio, New Hampshire Public Radio, and California Public Radio to discuss her research. Beth completed a postdoctoral research fellowship at the Family Research Lab at the University of New Hampshire and received her master's and doctorate degrees in sociology from the University of Maryland. She has an undergraduate degree in geography from Dartmouth College.


  • Ph.D., Sociology, University of Maryland
  • M.A., Sociology, University of Maryland
  • B.A., Dartmouth College

Research Interests

  • Childhood poverty
  • Intersections of gender
  • Persistent poverty
  • The social safety net
  • Work and family

Courses Taught

  • PPOL 990: Policy Capstone

Selected Publications

Carson, J. A., & Mattingly, M. J. (2018). "We're All Sitting at the Same Table": Challenges and Strengths in Service Delivery in Two Rural New England Counties. SOCIAL SERVICE REVIEW, 92(3), 401-431. doi:10.1086/699212

Mattingly, M. J., & Pedroza, J. M. (2018). Convergence and Disadvantage in Poverty Trends (1980–2010): What is Driving the Relative Socioeconomic Position of Hispanics and Whites?. Race and Social Problems, 10(1), 53-66. doi:10.1007/s12552-017-9221-1

Hill, H. D., Romich, J., Mattingly, M. J., Shamsuddin, S., & Wething, H. (2017). An Introduction to Household Economic Instability and Social Policy. Social Service Review, 91(3), 371-389. doi:10.1086/694110

Gagnon, D. J., Mattingly, M. J., & Connelly, V. J. (2017). The Restraint and Seclusion of Students With a Disability: Examining Trends in U.S. School Districts and Their Policy Implications. Journal of Disability Policy Studies, 28(2), 66-76. doi:10.1177/1044207317710697

Young, J. R., & Mattingly, M. J. (2016). Underemployment among Hispanics: the case of involuntary part-time work. MONTHLY LABOR REVIEW, 1-14. Retrieved from

Raley, S. B., Mattingly, M. J., & Bianchi, S. M. (2006). How Dual Are Dual-Income Couples? Documenting Change From 1970 to 2001. Journal of Marriage and Family, 68(1), 11-28. doi:10.1111/j.1741-3737.2006.00230.x

Mattingly, M. J., & Sayer, L. C. (2006). Under Pressure: Gender Differences in the Relationship Between Free Time and Feeling Rushed. Journal of Marriage and Family, 68(1), 205-221. doi:10.1111/j.1741-3737.2006.00242.x

Milkie, M. A., Mattingly, M. J., Nomaguchi, K. M., Bianchi, S. M., & Robinson, J. P. (2004). The Time Squeeze: Parental Statuses and Feelings About Time With Children. Journal of Marriage and Family, 66(3), 739-761. doi:10.1111/j.0022-2445.2004.00050.x

Mattingly, M. J., & Blanchi, S. M. (2003). Gender Differences in the Quantity and Quality of Free Time: The U.S. Experience. Social Forces, 81(3), 999-1030. doi:10.1353/sof.2003.0036

Milkie, M. A., Bianchi, S. M., Mattingly, M. J., & Robinson, J. P. (2002). Gendered division of childrearing: Ideals, realities, and the relationship to parental well-being. SEX ROLES, 47(1-2), 21-38. doi:10.1023/A:1020627602889

Most Cited Publications