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Christin Lee Munsch

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Assistant Professor of Sociology

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Furman University
3300 Poinsett Hwy.
Greenville, South Carolina 29613
United States

Company Description: Furman's NCAA Division I athletics program is composed of 17 intercollegiate sports (nine for women, eight for men) and includes approximately 310 student-athletes,...   more

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow
    Stanford University
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow
    Kjerstin Gruys
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow
    Stanford's Michelle R. Clayman Institute for Gender Research
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"These arrangements are really about ..., 13 June 2014 [cached]
"These arrangements are really about power," said Christin Munsch, an assistant professor of sociology at Furman University who studies gender, work and family. "These sugar daddies are seeking relationships in which they have all of the power and their partner has none."
Munsch told ABC News her research and others has found the economically dependent partner has less decision-making power and is more likely to be abused.
As for the women, she said, the ones most likely to sign up are those of very poor socioeconomic status who cannot make a living wage.
"In this way, this practice is very similar to prostitution," she said.
Separate research by Christin ..., 4 May 2014 [cached]
Separate research by Christin Munsch, a sociologist at Furman University, suggests another reason that adultery and the economy might be connected. After controlling for factors such as a person's income, education and satisfaction in his or her relationship, Munsch found that men who earned very little relative to their wives were much more likely to stray. Perhaps as men lost their jobs during the recession, they might have wanted to compensate for what they felt to be their professional failure by asserting their sexual prowess.
Munsch also found that among very wealthy women, those who made significantly more than their husbands were also more likely to cheat. During the recession, a woman who was highly successful in her career might have been more likely to judge her husband's termination by her own experience and lose respect for him, Munsch said.
Munsch, who is preparing her work for publication, says her research is based on survey data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. While she has confidence in the survey's methods, Munsch she acknowledges that subjects might have lied to the government's pollsters.
Stay at home Dads | Love, Sex, Lifestyle Ruth Ostrow | @ostrowruth, 6 June 2013 [cached]
Larson quotes Christin Munsch, a postdoctoral research fellow at Stanford's Michelle R. Clayman Institute for Gender Research. She (Munsch) claims the more economically dependent a man is on his wife, the more likely he is to cheat.
Munsch claims when men are forced into dependence on women's incomes, like being involuntary SAHDs due to economic factors, they feel emasculated. ''Because breadwinner status is an important component of masculinity for married men, economic dependency may threaten masculinity. Given the symbolic importance of virility and sexual conquest to cultural definitions of masculinity, having multiple sexual partners may be an attempt to restore gender identity in response to these threats,'' she says.
Marriage | Dr. Walt's Health Blog, 1 Feb 2013 [cached]
Study author Christin Munsch said, "... for men, the less money you make relative to your spouse, the more likely you are to engage in infidelity."
Munsch, a graduate student at Cornell University, said she came up with the idea of studying the effects of income on infidelity after hearing from a friend who has cheated on his partner. He told Munsch that "she made all the money, she had all the friends, and he'd moved up there to be with her. He felt completely powerless."
While there's been previous research into infidelity, it didn't look into differences in income among couples, Munsch said.
So she examined the results of a national survey that tracked 9,000 people beginning in 1997 when they were children. She focused on the results of the survey from 2001-2007, when the participants were between 17 and 27 years old.
The findings were released at the American Sociological Association annual meeting in Atlanta.
Two lifestyle factors, higher education and regular religious observance, seem to help keep infidelity at bay for both men and women, the study found.
But factors having to do with money - such as the man making more or less than his wife or female partner - did increase the risk of infidelity, Munsch said.
If you're a woman and "you make more money than your partner, your partner isn't 100 percent likely to cheat," she stressed. Still, money appeared to be a significant factor.
Men who make less than their wives may lean toward infidelity because they feel a "gender identity threat," Munsch speculated.
Wives who earn more money than ..., 22 Oct 2012 [cached]
Wives who earn more money than their husbands are most likely to be victims of infidelity, if you believe study results from Cornell University researcher and sociologist Christin Munsch. She says that men who are completely economically dependent on their wives are five times more likely to cheat on them. Munich examined national data and determined that young married men who earned 40 percent or less of their household's income most often reported having an additional sex partner or having sex with a stranger. She blames the phenomenon on our society targeting men as the breadwinners.
"It's threatening when they're not," says Munsch.
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