Faculty & Staff

Arielle Kuperberg

Associate Professor
PhD, University of Pennsylvania 2010

Office: 333 Graham
Email: atkuperb@uncg.edu

Personal Website


Research Interests:

  • Romantic Partnerships, Especially Cohabitation, Marriage, and College Hookups and Dates
  • Work, Gender and Family
  • Education and Family

Personal Narrative:

My research investigates romantic relationships and the intersections of education, work, family and gender. My past research has examined how behavior changes when cohabiters get married, whether cohabitation is related to divorce, where students meet hookup and date partners and how meeting contexts influence risk-taking, selection into various types of relationships (dates, hookups, long-term relationships) in college, educational differences in marriage and childbearing, stay-at-home mothers, and gender and racial inequality in pay. In addition to ongoing studies on cohabitation, hooking up, and relationship norms, I am currently examining how student loans impact the transition to adulthood among young adults. In my research I generally use quantitative data analysis techniques to analyze large surveys, and draw upon demographic and feminist research methods.

At UNCG I teach courses on Data Analysis at the undergraduate and graduate levels, Marriage and the Family, Population Problems, and Work and Gender. In my courses I emphasize practical research skills.

Selected Professional Achievements:

Manning, Wendy D., Pamela J. Smock and Arielle Kuperberg. 2021. “Cohabitation and Marital Dissolution: A Comment on Rosenfield and Roseler (2019).” Journal of Marriage and Family.
Thorpe, Shemeka and Arielle Kuperberg. 2021. “Social Motivations for College Hookups.” Sexuality & Culture.
Kuperberg, Arielle, Pamela Stone, and Torie Lucas*. In Press. “‘He’s a Mr. Mom’: Cultural Ambivalence in Print News Depictions of Stay-at-Home Fathers, 1987-2016.” Gender & Society
Mazelis, Joan Maya and Arielle Kuperberg. 2022. “Student Loan Debt, Family Support, and Reciprocity in the Transition to Adulthood.” Emerging Adulthood. Online First
Walker, Alicia M. and Arielle Kuperberg. 2022. “Pathways and Patterns of Entrance into BDSM.” Archives of Sexual Behavior, 51(2): 1045-1062
Kuperberg, Arielle and Joan Maya Mazelis. 2022. “Social Norms and Expectations about Student Loans and Family Formation.” Sociological Inquiry92(1): 90-126.
National Science Foundation, Sociology Program Grant. 2020. “A new class divide: Students loans and the transition to adulthood.” PI: Arielle Kuperberg, Co-PI: Joan Maya Mazelis. $360,228 Grant #1947603
Kuperberg, Arielle. 2019. “Premarital Cohabitation and Direct Marriage in the United States: 1956-2015.” Marriage & Family Review, 55(5): 447-475.
Kuperberg, Arielle and Alicia M. Walker. 2018. “Heterosexual College Students Who Hookup with Same-Sex Partners.” Archives of Sexual Behavior, 47(5): 1387-1403.
Kuperberg, Arielle and Joseph E. Padgett*. 2017. “Partner Meeting Contexts and Risky Activity During College Students’ Other-Sex and Same-Sex Hookups.” The Journal of Sex Research, 54(1): 55-72.
Kuperberg, Arielle and Joseph E. Padgett*. 2016. “The Role of Culture in Explaining College Student’s Selection into Hookups, Dates, and Long-Term Romantic Relationships.” Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 33(8): 1070-1096.
Kuperberg, Arielle and Joseph E. Padgett. 2015. “Dating and Hooking up in College; Meeting Contexts, Sex, and Variation by Gender, Partner’s Gender and Class Standing” The Journal of Sex Research, 52(5): 517-531.
Kuperberg, Arielle. 2014. “Age at Coresidence, Premarital Cohabitation and Marriage Dissolution: 1985-2009” Journal of Marriage and Family, 76(2): 352-369.
Harknett, Kristen and Arielle Kuperberg. 2011. “Education, Labor Markets and the Retreat from Marriage.” Social Forces 90(1): 41-63.
Kuperberg, Arielle and Pamela Stone. 2008. “The Media Depiction of Women Who Opt Out” Gender & Society, 22(4): 497-517)