Mariah Evans

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Dr. Mariah Evans, PhD

Associate Professor

Department of Sociology
University of Nevada/Mail Stop 300
1664 North Virginia Street
Reno,  Nevada   89557

Office: (775) 784-6333
Building: Mack Social Science,  Office 303

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Ph.D. in Sociology, University of Chicago (1983)


Kelley, S.M.C., Kelley, C.G.E., Evans, M. D., Kelley, J. 2010, Attitudes Toward Home-Based Employment for Mothers of Young Children., International Journal of Social Welfare, 19(1), 33-44.
Zagorski, K., Kelley, J., Evans, M. D. 2010, Economic Development and Happiness: Evidence from 39 Nations., Polish Sociological Review, 2010(1), 3-20
Evans, M. D., Kelley, J., Sikora, J., Treiman, D. J. 2010, Family Scholarly Culture and Educational Success: Evidence From 27 Nations., Research in Social Stratification and Mobility, 28(2), 171-197.

Children growing up in homes with many books get 3 years more schooling than children from bookless homes, independent of their parents' education, occupation, and class. This is as great an advantage as having university educated rather than unschooled parents, and twice the advantage of having a professional rather than an unskilled father. It holds equally in rich nations and in poor; in the past and in the present; under Communism, capitalism, and Apartheid; and most strongly in China. Data are from representative national samples in 27 nations, with over 70,000 cases, analyzed using multilevel linear and probit models with multiple imputation of missing data.

Evans, M. D., Kelley, J., Peoples, C. D 2010, JUSTIFICATIONS OF INEQUALITY: The Normative Basis of Pay Differentials in 31 Nations., Social Science Quarterly, 91(5), 1405-1431
Evans, M.D.R., Jonathan Kelley, and Richard Wanner 2009, Consequences of Divorce for Childhood Education, Comparative Sociology 8(1): 105–146


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