W. Bradford Wilcox is Director of the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia, Professor of Sociology at the University of Virginia, Senior Fellow at the Institute for Family Studies, and a Visiting Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute.
Prior to coming to the University of Virginia, he held research fellowships at Princeton University, Yale University, and the Brookings Institution. His research has focused on marriage, fatherhood, and cohabitation, especially on the ways that family structure, civil society, and culture influence the quality and stability of family life in the United States and around the globe.
With Kathleen Kovner Kline, Wilcox co-authored Gender and Parenthood: Biological and Social Scientific Perspectives. He is also the co-author, with Eric Kaufmann, of Whither the Child?: Causes and Consequences of Low Fertility, and the author of Soft Patriarchs, New Men: How Christianity Shapes Fathers and Husbands. 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 has also co-authored, with Nicholas Wolfinger, Soul Mates: Religion, Sex, Children, & Marriage among African Americans and Latinos.
His research has also been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, BBC News, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, USA Today, The Boston Globe, CNN, The Los Angeles Times, CBS News, NBC’s The Today Show, and NPR. He also writes regularly for publications including The Wall Street Journal.
As an undergraduate, Wilcox was a Jefferson Scholar at the University of Virginia (’92) and later earned his Ph.D. from Princeton University.