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Dr. Susan Stewart • Professor, Department of Sociology, Iowa State University

Dr. Susan Stewart, Associate Professor, Iowa State University

BA SUNY at Fredonia
MA, PhD Bowling Green State University

102 East Hall, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50011
(515) 294-5912
FAX: (515) 294-2303
Curriculum Vitae

Susan D. Stewart is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at Iowa State University. She received her doctorate in sociology from Bowling Green State University. Dr. Stewart is a family demographer whose research focuses on structural diversity in families and its consequences for family dynamics and child and adult well-being. Stewart is the author of Brave New Stepfamilies: Diverse Paths Toward Stepfamily Living. Her research has been supported by grants from the NICHD, USDA, Joint Center for Poverty Research, and the Annie E. Casey Foundation. She has published papers on a diverse array of topics including child and adolescent obesity, eating habits, and nutrition, fertility intentions and behavior, child support and visitation, stepchild adoption, and women’s financial literacy.

CO-Sleeping - book by Susan Stewart

Musical beds: Iowa State professor finds co-sleeping is more common than some parents admit

AMES, Iowa – Parents know that co-sleeping is considered a no-no, but many still allow their children to crawl into bed with them at night.

Doctors generally discourage co-sleeping, because of its link to sudden infant death syndrome or SIDS. However, Susan Stewart, a professor of sociology at Iowa State University, found that many parents still co-sleep with their children, and it is a phenomenon that extends well beyond the infant and toddler years.MORE



"Study Finds 50% of Parents who Co-Sleep Lie About it" -

Interviewed for a story, "My Month-Long Experiment in Making New Mom-Friends in Des Moines." - Des Moines Register, 2016

Interviewed for story, "Married for 80 Years..." - Des Moines Register, 2016

Interviewed on Talk of Iowa for story on family leave policies - Talk of Iowa, 2016

Interviewed for story, "'Prince Farming' Brings New Twist to Reality TV." - Daily Times Herald, 2015

Amid Recession, Iowa Divorce is Lowest Since 1968 - Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier

Divorce Rate Down, Number of Marriages up in Iowa in 2012 - Radio Iowa

New dads feel sexier, study suggests - MSN Living

One on One: ISU Student Among Rising Number of Single Mothers - Ames Tribune

Nebraska, Iowa birthrates hit record low as couples wait to have kids - Omaha Herald

Raising Kids Alone - Des Moines Register

Iowa View: Iowa not immune to family trends in U.S. - Des Moines Register

'Kardashian marriages' rare but aren't unheard of in Iowa - Des Moines Register

Unmarried heterosexual couples up in Iowa and U.S. - Des Moines Register

The Brady Bunch? Let's Not Go Too Far - New York Times

What I Could Tell Tiger About Divorce - Pacific Standard

Am I your father? - USA Weekend

Iowa State studies assess factors affecting osteoporosis, children's obesity - Iowa State News Service

ISU study finds link between individual stress and teens being overweight or obese - Iowa State News Service

Interview with Jacquelyn B. Fletcher, author of A Career Girl's Guide to Becoming a Stepmom

"Fast Food Dads" stereotype a myth according to Iowa State sociologist's research - LAS News

ISU study finds women expect to care for parents, but few prepare for it - Iowa State News Service

ISU sociologist, stepfamily researcher reports realities of more unmarried women - Iowa State News Service

Study looks at why poor kids are heavy - ABC News

Stressed mothers may raise fat children: study - Reuters