Karin L. Brewster
Professor of Sociology
Ph.D., Washington
Bellamy 617
Dr. Brewster's research interests include sexual behavior and reproductive health, particularly among adolescents and young adults, fertility and work-family balance in post-industrial societies, and the demography of families and households. Her current work considers the changing nature of families and the implications of this change for demographic measures of family and parenthood.

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Research Interests

Fertility and reproductive health
Adolescence and young adulthood
Family demography
Work and family life


Social Demography
Sociology of Families and Households
Sociology of Sexuality

Education and Recent Professional Experience

Assistant Professor to Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, Florida State University (1994-present)

Research Associate, Center for Demography and Population Health, Florida State University (1994-present)

Postdoctoral Fellow, Carolina Population Center, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1991-1994)

Ph.D. in Sociology with specialization in Social Demography, University of Washington, 1991

Selected Papers and Publications

Brewster, Karin L. and Kathryn Harker Tillman. 2012. "Sexual Orientation and Substance Use among Adolescents and Young Adults." American Journal of Public Health 102(6):1168- 1176.

McCabe, Janice, Karin L. Brewster, and Kathryn Harker Tillman. 2011. "Sexual Orientation, Sexual Attraction, and Patterns of Same-Sex Behavior during Young Adulthood." Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health: 43(3): 142-150.

Spence, Naomi J. and Karin L. Brewster. 2010. "Adolescents' Sexual Initiation: The Interaction of Race/Ethnicity and Immigrant Status." Population Research and Policy Review 29(3): 339-362.

Brewster, Karin L. and Kathryn Harker Tillman. 2008. "Who's Doing It? Patterns and Predictors of Youths' Oral Sexual Experiences." Journal of Adolescent Health 42(1):73-80.

Radey, Melissa and Karin L. Brewster. 2007. "The Influence of Race/Ethnicity on Disadvantaged Mothers' Child Care Arrangements." Early Childhood Research Quarterly. 22(3):379-393.

External Grants

National Institutes of Health (NICHD). "Federal Policies and Child Care Arrangements among the Poor." 7/03 - 6/05 (R03) $100,000 (Direct Costs) PI, with Irene Padavic.

National Science Foundation and the American Sociological Association Fund for the Advancement of the Discipline. "The Changing Determinants of Child Care in the United States: 1977-1994." 5/99-8/99 $4,300 (Direct Costs). PI.