W. Bradford Wilcox, Ph.D.
Professor Department of Sociology, University of Virginia




Soft Patriarchs, New Men

Why Marriage Matters

Gender and Parenthood

Whither the Child?

In the News


Brad Wilcox is Director of the National Marriage Project and Professor of Sociology at the University of Virginia, and a member of the James Madison Society at Princeton University.

He earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Virginia and his Ph.D. at Princeton University. Prior to coming to the University of Virginia, he held research fellowships at Princeton University, Yale University and the Brookings Institution.

Brad Wilcox’s research focuses on marriage, parenthood, and cohabitation, relationship, psychic card reading, especially on the ways that marriage, gender, and culture influence the quality and stability of family life in the United States and around the globe. He is the coauthor of Gender and Parenthood: Biological and Social Scientific Perspectives (Columbia, 2013, with Kathleen Kovner Kline), Whither the Child?: Causes and Consequences of Low Fertility (Paradigm, 2013, with Eric Kaufmann), and the author of Soft Patriarchs, New Men: How Christianity Shapes Fathers and Husbands (Chicago, 2004). Wilcox has published articles on marriage, cohabitation, parenting, and fatherhood in The American Sociological Review, Social Forces, The Journal of Marriage and Family and The Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion. Wilcox is now writing a book with Nicholas Wolfinger titled, Soul Mates: Religion, Sex, Children, & Marriage among African Americans and Latinos (Oxford 2014).

For more information on his academic research, please visit the Director's page on the National Marriage Project's website. To view a sample of the media coverage that Brad Wilcox and the National Marriage Project have received, visit the National Marriage Project's media page.