• Bio:

    Jessica Hardie received her Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Family Demography and Individual Development at Penn State University. She joined the Sociology Department at Hunter College in Fall 2014. She specializes in the areas of sociology of education, inequality, family, and the transition to adulthood. In particular, her research explores how class, race, and gender shape young people’s trajectories through adolescence and young adulthood. She has conducted qualitative and quantitative research on adolescent social capital, race and racism in high school, economic resources and romantic relationship quality among cohabiting and married couples, and the relationship between parental health and child wellbeing.

  • Recent Publications:

    Hardie, Jessica Halliday and Judith A. Seltzer. Forthcoming. “Parent-child Relationships at the Transition to Adulthood: A Comparison of Black, Hispanic, and White Immigrant and Native-Born Youth.” Social Forces.

    Hardie, Jessica Halliday and Kristin Turney. Forthcoming. “The Intergenerational Consequences of Parental Health Limitations.” Journal of Marriage and Family.

    Hardie, Jessica Halliday. 2015. “The Best Laid Plans: Social Capital in the Development of Girls’ Educational and Occupational Plans.” Social Problems 62(2):241-265.


  • Current Projects:

    Hardie is currently working on a longitudinal qualitative study of class and race differences in young women’s transitions to adulthood, with attention to how they balance work, school, and family life during this period. She is also working on research examining the interrelationship between parental health and children’s well-being, as well as projects related to the mismatch between individuals’ occupational aspirations and outcomes.

  • Research Areas: Family, Inequality, Sociology, Sociology of education, Transition to adulthood