Christina M. Gibson-Davis

Associate Professor in the Sanford School of Public Policy

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., Northwestern University 2001

  • B.A., Bates College 1992


Christina M. Gibson-Davis is an associate professor in the Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University, with a secondary appointment in sociology. Her research interests center around social and economic differences in family formation patterns. Her current research focuses on the how divergent patterns of family formation affect economic inequality.

Gassman-Pines, A, Gibson-Davis, CM, Vernot, C, Butler, M, Hall, N, Taylor, L, Eastwood, K, and Zhang, X. "They Should Say “I Don't”: Norms About Midpregnancy Marriage and Job Loss (Published online)." Journal of Marriage and Family 79.2 (April 2017): 405-418. Full Text

Gibson-Davis, CM, Ananat, EO, and Gassman-Pines, A. "Midpregnancy Marriage and Divorce: Why the Death of Shotgun Marriage Has Been Greatly Exaggerated." Demography 53.6 (December 2016): 1693-1715. Full Text

Holbein, JB, Hillygus, DS, Gibson-Davis, CM, Hill, D, and Lenard, MA. "True Grit: The Development of Students’ Engagement in School, Community, and Democracy." (June 9, 2016).

Gassman-Pines, A, Gibson-Davis, CM, and Ananat, EO. "How Economic Downturns Affect Children's Development: An Interdisciplinary Perspective on Pathways of Influence." Child Development Perspectives 9.4 (December 2015): 233-238. Full Text Open Access Copy

Gassman-Pines, A, Ananat, EO, and Gibson-Davis, CM. "Effects of statewide job losses on adolescent suicide-related behaviors." American journal of public health 104.10 (October 2014): 1964-1970. Full Text Open Access Copy

Gibson-Davis, C, and Rackin, H. "Marriage or Carriage? Trends in Union Context and Birth Type by Education." Journal of Marriage and Family 76.3 (June 2014): 506-519. Full Text Open Access Copy

Ananat, EO, Gassman-Pines, A, and Gibson-Davis, C. "Community-wide job loss and teenage fertility: evidence from North Carolina." Demography 50.6 (December 2013): 2151-2171. Full Text Open Access Copy

Rackin, H, and Gibson-Davis, CM. "The Role of Pre- and Postconception Relationships for First-Time Parents." Journal of Marriage and Family 74.3 (2012): 526-539. Full Text Open Access Copy

Jiang, M, Foster, EM, and Gibson-Davis, CM. "Breastfeeding and the child cognitive outcomes: a propensity score matching approach." Matern Child Health J 15.8 (November 2011): 1296-1307. Full Text Open Access Copy


Ananat, E, Gassman-Pines, A, and Gibson-Davis, CM. "The effects of plant closings on children's educational achievement." Whither Opportunity? Rising Inequality, Schools, and Children's Life. Ed. GJ Duncan and R Murnane. New York: Russell Sage, 2011. 299-313. (Essay)

Magnuson, KA, and Gibson-Davis, CM. "Child support among low-income noncustodial fathers." Unmarried Couples with Children. January 1, 2007. 228-251.

Gibson-Davis, CM. "Expectations and the economic bar to marriage among low-income couples." Unmarried Couples with Children. January 1, 2007. 84-103.

Magnuson, K, and Gibson-Davis, CM. "Explaining the patterns of child support among low income noncustodial fathers." Unmarried Couples with Children. Ed. K Edin and P England. New York: Russell Sage, 2007. 228-251. (Essay)

Gibson-Davis, CM, and Duncan, GI. "Qualitative/quantitative synergies in a random-assignment program evaluation." Discovering Successful Pathways in Children's Development: Mixed Methods in the Study of Childhood and Family Life. Ed. T Weisner. 2005. 283-303.

Gibson-Davis, CM. "Marriage, Partnering, and Fertility (In preparation)." The Oxford Handbook of the Social Science of Poverty. Ed. D Brady and L Burton. Oxford University Press. (Essay)

Ananat, EO, Gassman-Pines, A, Francis, DV, and Gibson-Davis, CM. Children Left Behind: The Effects of Statewide Job Loss on Student Achievement..

The Racial Marriage Gap and Student Achievement: A New Look at an Old Conundrum awarded by William T Grant Foundation (Co-Principal Investigator). 2016 to 2018

The Link between Education, Engagement, and Well-being awarded by National Science Foundation (Co Investigator). 2014 to 2017

Collaborative Research: Leveraging Matched Administrative Datasets awarded by National Science Foundation (Investigator). 2012 to 2017

Family Structure and Inequality in Contemporary America awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2015 to 2017

Meeting the Bar: A Propensity Score Analysis of BSF Impacts by Couples' Economic Status awarded by Department of Health and Human Services (Principal Investigator). 2014 to 2016

Duke Center for Geospatial Medicine awarded by National Institutes of Health (Investigator). 2004 to 2008