Bradford (Brad) Wilcox is a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), where he directs The Home Economics Project. Inaugurated in fall of 2013, the research project explores the links between family structure and economic growth in 20 countries around the world — more specifically, how marriage and a strong family life foster free enterprise.
Wilcox is also an associate professor in the department of sociology at the University of Virginia, where he directs the National Marriage Project. He is a fellow at the Institute for Studies of Religion at Baylor University and has been a research fellow at Yale University, a research associate at Princeton University, and a Civitas Fellow at the Brookings Institution. He is additionally the author of “When Marriage Disappears: The Retreat from Marriage in Middle America” and the coauthor, with Kathleen Kovner Kline, of “Biological and Social Scientific Perspectives.”
Wilcox has a master’s degree and a doctorate in sociology from Princeton University. His bachelor’s degree in government is from the University of Virginia.
Director, National Marriage Project, University of Virginia, 2009–present
Assistant Professor, 2002–08; Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Virginia, 2008–present,
Research Fellow, Institute for Advanced Study of Religion, Yale University, 2001–02
Research Associate, Center for Research on Child Wellbeing, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the Office of Population Research, Princeton University, 2000–01
"Poverty in America" is a compilation of AEI scholars’ thinking on why fighting for the poor is a moral imperative; what demands special attention in the debate; and which policy proposals could enable the labor market, social safety net, and broader society to provide low-income Americans a better shot at success.
The dramatic social media response to the UC-Santa Barbara shooting, captured by the hashtag #YesAllWomen, underlined an important and unpleasant truth: across the United States, millions of girls and women have been abused, assaulted, or raped by men, and even more females fear that they will be subject to such an attack.
The retreat from marriage in Middle American means that the United States is in danger of becoming a separate and unequal nation when it comes to marriage, where the well-heeled have the material and cultural means to marry and stay married, and few other Americans can make good on their dreams of a happy and stable family life built around marriage.
A dedicated father makes a difference to successful graduation, W. Bradford Wilcox explains in a new report from the American Enterprise Institute titled “Dad and the diploma: The difference fathers make for college graduation.”
Join a diverse group of panelists — including sociologists, education experts, and students — for a discussion of how public policy and culture can help families lay a firmer foundation for their children’s educational success, and of how the effects of paternal involvement vary by socioeconomic background.
This month, millions of high school seniors across America are making important decisions about which college they will attend for the next four years of their life. Many of these seniors seem unaware of how much their chances of collegiate success depend not on their hard work or capabilities, but on whether their parents made certain sacrifices to support them over the years.