My primary research interests include family, gender, and inequality. In particular, I investigate how gender dynamics in families give rise to inequalities, with a focus on relationship progression and stability. In my dissertation, I examine the process of transitioning from cohabitation into marriage. Using a mixed methods approach, I draw on original data from qualitative interviews with a diverse sample of same-sex and different-sex couples, alongside the National Survey of Family Growth. This project explores how engagements are timed and negotiated among cohabitors and whether this process is shaped by gender, social class, or parental status. My work speaks to the broader puzzles of a “stalled gender revolution”, the retreat from marriage among low-income families, and the role of cohabitation in the U.S. family system today. I have worked closely with an undergraduate student during the research process to transcribe and code interviews. In my additional lines of research, I have papers under review on a) changes in couples’ work and earnings after the transition to parenthood and b) the contribution of couples’ wealth and debt to relationship stability. I take a couple-level approach in much of my work in order to gain more comprehensive insights into the social dynamics of families and relationships.