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Megan Doherty Bea Assistant Professor

I am an Assistant Professor of Consumer Science studying consumer finance and financial well-being. My research is motivated by a desire to understand the causes and consequences of socioeconomic and financial inequality, particularly in the American context. For this work, I bring a sociological perspective informed by law, economics, and geography to examine a range of topics. Recent research topics include financial security among young adults and consumer access to financial services in communities.


Doherty Bea, Megan and Youngmin Yi. “Leaving the Financial Nest: Connecting Young Adults’ Financial Independence to Financial Security.” Journal of Marriage and Family 81(2): 397 – 414. (doi:10.1111/jomf.12553.)

Doherty Bea, Megan. “Racial and Ethnic Differences in Consumers’ Economic Expectations.” Socius: Sociological Research for a Dynamic World 5: 1 – 17. (doi: 10.1177/2378023118815270.)

Musick, Kelly, Megan Doherty Bea, and Pilar Gonalons-Pons. “His and Her Work and Earnings Following Parenthood in the United States, Germany, and the United Kingdom.” American Sociological Review. (doi: 10.1177/0003122420934430)

Classes Taught

  • Course number: CNSR SCI 273: Course title: Finances and Families
  • Course number: CNSR SCI 301: Course title: Advanced Consumer Analytics
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  • Consumer Science

Degree Program

  • Consumer Behavior and Family Economics


  • Faculty Affiliate, Department of Human Development and Family Studies
  • Center for Financial Security
  • Center for Demography and Ecology
  • Faculty Affiliate, Department of Sociology
  • Institute for Research on Poverty


  • PhD, Sociology, Cornell University
  • MA, Sociology, Cornell University
  • BA, Economics and French, Bryn Mawr College


Office: 4222 Nancy Nicholas Hall

Phone: 608-263-2199



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