Office: 2061 JFSB
Phone: 801-422-6682
Spencer James, Assistant Professor

Department: Family Life



  • Ph.D, The Pennsylvania State University, 2012
  • M.S., Brigham Young University, 2008
  • B.S., Brigham Young University, 2006

Professional Affiliations

  • Society for the Study of Emerging Adulthood
  • International Association for Relationship Research
  • National Council on Family Relations
  • American Sociological Association
  • Population Association of America

Publication Info

  • Brian J Willoughby, Melissa Medaris, Spencer L James, Kyle Bartholomew (2015). Changes in marital beliefs among emerging adults: Examining marital paradigms over time. Emerging Adulthood.
  • Todd Lewis Goodsell, Spencer L James, Jeremy B Yorgason, Vaughn R A Call (2015). Intergenerational Assistance to Adult Children: Gender and Number of Sisters and Brothers. Journal of Family Issues.
  • Spencer L James (2015). Variation in Marital Quality in a National Sample of Divorced Women. Journal of Family Psychology.
  • Spencer L James (2015). Variation in Trajectories of Women's Marital Quality. Social Science Research.
  • Spencer L James (2014). Longitudinal Patterns of Marital Quality: The Case of Divorce, Cohabitation, and Race-Ethnicity. Marriage and Family Review.
  • Spencer L James, Paul R. Amato (2013). Self-Esteem and the Reproduction of Social Class. Social Science Quarterly.
  • Kevin M Shafer, Spencer L James (2013). Gender and SES Differences in First and Second Marriage Formation. Journal of Marriage & Family.
  • Spencer L James, Brett A. Beattie (2012). Reassessing the Link between Women's Premarital Cohabitation and Marital Quality. Social Forces.
  • Spencer L James, Kevin M Shafer (2012). Temporal Differences in Remarriage Timing: Comparing Divorcés and Widows. Journal of Divorce & Remarriage.