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
  • Civitas Fellow, Brookings Institution, 1999