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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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Projects 2017 2017

Research Output 2005 2019

Explaining Disparities in Prisoner Outcomes.

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

Research output: Book/ReportOther report

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

118 Downloads (Pure)
Open Access
role theory
critical theory
Hispanic Americans

Measuring the Quality of Life of People with Disabilities and their Families: Scoping Study Final Report

Davidson, G., Irvine, R., Corman, M., Kee, F., Kelly, B., Leavey, G. & McNamee, C., Sep 2017, Belfast: Department for Communities. 101 p.

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

Open Access
Disabled Persons
Quality of Life
Government Programs
Social Planning
Information Storage and Retrieval


Nominated for the Men In Families award

Cate McNamee (Recipient), 2014

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

National Council

Activities 2012 2019

Panel Discussion of 'The Kids are All Right', in QFT Series 'Real to Reel: Film and Social Life'

Lisa Smyth (Chair), Jonathan G Heaney (Organiser), Catherine McNamee (Contributor), Danielle Mackle (Contributor)
16 Jan 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesPublic lecture/debate/seminar

European Society of Criminology Conference

Michelle Butler (Speaker), Dominic Kelly (Participant), Catherine McNamee (Participant)
31 Aug 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference


British Society for Population Studies

Cate McNamee (Session chair)
12 Sep 201614 Sep 2016

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

American Journal of Sociology (Journal)

Cate McNamee (Peer reviewer)
2016 → …

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

European Sociological Review (Journal)

Cate McNamee (Peer reviewer)
2015 → …

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