Elizabeth Aura McClintock

Elizabeth McClintock

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Assistant Professor of Sociology

Office: 740 Flanner Hall
Phone: (574) 631-5218
E-mail: emcclint@nd.edu

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Areas of Expertise

Gender, family and sexuality; quantitative methods; interpersonal relationships; romantic partner selection; race, segregation and homophily; body-image; aging and older-age dating

McClintock’s research focuses on gender and inequality in the context of romantic and sexual relationships, particularly in partner selection and in negotiated outcomes within established relationships. Recent work has addressed the “trophy wife” stereotype that pretty women marry high-status men and has examined the romantic and relational consequences or working in an occupation predominated by the other gender. In addition to studying inequality within romantic partnerships, her research also addresses how intimate relationships reflect, perpetuate, and potentially alter broader patterns of gender, class, age, and racial inequality. Recent and forthcoming articles appear in Journal of Marriage and Family, Population and Development Review, Biodemography and Social Biology, and American Sociological Review.


‘Trophy wife’ stereotype is largely a myth, new study shows
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A man’s occupation linked to time spent on housework, study finds


DatingAdvice.com — Dr. Elizabeth McClintock: How We Really Select Our Romantic Partners

Wallet Hub — 2014′s Best & Worst Cities for Singles

NPR — Is There Really Such A Thing As A ‘Trophy Wife’?


Chicago Tribune — Study shatters May-December romance myth

New York Magazine — Trophy Wives May Not Really Be a Thing

The Atlantic — The Myth of Wealthy Men and Beautiful Women

Die Welt — Zu jedem “Power Couple” gehört eine “Trophy Wife”

MSN — Study: ‘Trophy wife’ is a myth

AOL — How Accurate Is The ‘Trophy Wife’ Stereotype?

The Guardian — It’s time to bury the myth of the trophy wife

Huffington Post — The Trophy Wife Doesn’t Exist and Actually Never Has

ABC News — Sociologist Dismisses Men’s Lust for Trophy Wives

Times of India — Most women don’t love ‘trophy wife’ tag

Smithsonian Magazine — Trophy Wives Are Rare in Real Life

‘Daily Mail — Trophy wife’ stereotype is a myth: People select partners who are as good-looking and successful as themselves

New York Magazine — Trophy Wives May Not Really Be a Thing

Huffington Post — More Men In ’Women’s Jobs’ Means More Men Chipping In At Home, Study Says

The Atlantic — Men in Female-Dominated Professions Do More Housework

CBS — Wealthy men and beautiful women: Challenging the “trophy wife” concept

NBC — Male nurses, teachers do more housework than other guys

MSN — Men’s Share of Housework May Depend on Career Choice

Huffington Post — More Men In ’Women’s Jobs’ Means More Men Chipping In At Home, Study Says

Yahoo! — How Men’s Jobs May Affect Their Housework

Today — Dads who do chores may bolster daughter’s career aspirations

MSNBC — Working moms multitask way more than dads–and hate it

Smithsonian Magazine — 10 Fresh Looks at Love