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Research Interests

My research interests focus on family demography, centring on three overarching themes:: (1) how various dimensions of socioeconomic inequality and culturally based perceptions of these circumstances shape family outcomes (2) how internal dynamics within a family system influence family formation and how families function, and (3) how cumulative experiences over the life course forms family formation preferences and behaviours.


My specific areas of interests include race-ethnic and socioeconomic differences in family outcomes, marriage and complex family structures such as remarriage, nonresident parent involvement and cohabitation, emerging adulthood, intergenerational relationships, the connection between preferences and behaviour toward fertility and marriage, survival analysis, large-scale longitudinal panel survey analysis, and demographic techniques.


I received a B.A. in sociology with highest honours from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology with a specialization in demography from the University of Texas at Austin. I also completed a National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Postdoctoral Fellowship in Family Demography and Individual Development at the Population Research Institute, The Pennsylvania State University.

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Research Output

Explaining Disparities in Prisoner Outcomes.

Butler, M., Kelly, D. & McNamee, C., Apr 2019, Queens University Belfast.

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

An exploration of issues concerning online help seeking behaviour in cases of intimate partner violence (domestic violence) and sexual violence in Estonia, Greece and Northern Ireland. Needs Assessment

Pentaraki, M. & McNamee, C., Aug 2018, Queens University Belfast. 78 p. (Erasmus + KA2 Cooperation for Innovation and the Exchange of Good Practises Agreement Number: 2017-1-EL01-KA202-036170)

Research output: Book/ReportOther report

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    Mobility through Marriage: The Cinderella Effect

    Stephen J. McNamee & McNamee, C., 2018, The Meritocracy Myth. 4th ed. Rowan & Littlefield, p. 153-170

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

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  • Prizes

    Nominated for the Men In Families award

    McNamee, Cate (Recipient), 2014

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • Activities

    Sociological Perspectives (Journal)

    Cate McNamee (Peer reviewer)

    2020 → …

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-review

    European Sociological Association RN13 Sociology of Families and Intimate Lives (External organisation)

    Cate McNamee (Member)

    2019 → …

    Activity: Membership typesMembership of external research organisation

    Trans-Atlantic Rural Research Network (External organisation)

    Cate McNamee (Member)

    2019 → …

    Activity: Membership typesMembership of network

    European Sociological Association, Manchester

    Cate McNamee (Session chair)

    20 Aug 201923 Aug 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    The role of grandparent involvement on the wellbeing of parents

    Cate McNamee (Speaker)

    21 Aug 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation