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Jaclyn Wong

Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of South Carolina-Columbia
Chapter Member: South Carolina SSN

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About Jaclyn

Wong studies gender inequality, work, marriage and family, aging and the life course, and health. Wong uses quantitative survey data and qualitative interview data in her work.


In the News

Guest to discuss racial disparities in mental health benefits accruing to married couples on Code Switch: National Public Radio, Jaclyn Wong, October 27, 2021.
Jaclyn Wong's research on data from a long-running national study of more than 14,000 people to look at the association between attractiveness and income discussed by Ana Swanson, "The Real Reason That So Many Women Have to Spend So Much Time Getting Ready," The Washington Post, May 19, 2016.


"The Social Relationship Context of Elder Mistreatment" (with Hannah Breslau, V Eloesa McSorley, Kristen E Wroblewski, Melissa J K Howe, and Linda J Waite). The Gerontologist 60, no. 6 (2020): 1029–1039.

Analyzes the social networks of elder mistreatment victims. Discusses how perpetrators were often family members who were subsequently removed from victims’ core social networks. Mentions how their removal left mistreatment victims with lower levels of social support, higher levels of social strain, and weaker communication across network members

"Competing Desires: How Young Adult Couples Negotiate Moving for Career Opportunities" Gender and Society 31, no. 2 (2017): 171-196.

Uses longitudinal in-depth interviews with 21 graduate and professional school couples who were negotiating relocation for career opportunities to illustrate three decision making trajectories that contested and reinforced gendered work and family roles. Discusses how all couples made plans to achieve an egalitarian outcome at Time 1, couples’ decision making diverged at Time 2, and resulted in unequal outcomes at Time 3.