Chris Wienke | Sociology | SIU

Southern Illinois University



College of Liberal Arts

Chris Wienke

Associate Professor

Chris Wienke

Office: Faner 3432

Phone: (618) 453-7629



Dr. Wienke joined the Sociology department in Fall 2008. His work is primarily in the areas of mental health, family, gender, and sexuality. 


As a result of various demographic and cultural trends, Americans are experiencing increasingly complex sequences of marital and non-martial transitions over their lives. Instead of spending their adult years with just one partner, which was the prevailing pattern for Americans a half century ago, more and more men and women are going through their adulthood with a string of partners, one at time, marital or otherwise. Limited research has specifically examined serial monogamy, meaning sequential intimate relationships. The purpose of this study is to better understand how serial monogamists – defined here as men and women who have married or cohabited three or more times -- make sense of, and adjust to, changes in personal and family that follow their partner transitions. The study will focus on the determinants of serial monogamy, using the narratives that respondents adopt to account for their complex marital and cohabiting partner histories, the potential consequences of serial monogamy, including social, psychological, and interpersonal outcomes, and how respondents experience, cope with, and manage the stigma that society has historically attached to persons with multiple marital and cohabiting unions. In reflecting on these issues, the study also will consider how the experience of serial monogamy varies across gender, racial-ethnic, sexual, and educational categories.

Areas of Specialization and Interest

  • Sociology of Family (esp. marriage; same-sex relationships; gay and lesbian families; parenthood; family and work issues; adult well-being)

  • Sociology of Sexuality (esp. gendered sexuality; sexual technologies; sexual trends; and LGBT sexuality; sexualities and space)
  • Mental Health (esp. neighborhoods; social inequality; social epidemiology; medicalization)
  • Sociology of Gender (esp. men’s studies; gender movements; and feminist theory)
  • Social Inequality

  • Cultural Sociology

Selection of Courses Taught

  • SOC 340: Family

  • SOC 490: Sociology of Sexuality

  • SOC 530: Seminar on the Sociology of Sexuality

  • SOC 542: Seminar on the Family

Recent Publications

Chris Wienke and Rachel Whaley. “Same-gender Sexual Partnering: A Reanalysis of Trend Data” Forthcoming,Journal of Sex Research.

Chris Wienke and Gretchen Hill. 2013. “Does Place of Residence Matter? Urban-Rural Differences and the Well-Being of Gay Men and Lesbians.” Journal of Homosexuality. 60: 1256-1279.

Chris Wienke and Gretchen Hill. 2013. “The Relationship between Multiple Roles and Well-Being among Gay, Lesbian, and Heterosexual Adults.” Journal of GLBT Family Studies. 9: 305-329.

Manuscripts under review

Chris Wienke and Danielle Soto. “`Are Gay Neighborhoods Healthy?’ Assessing the Impact of Sexual Minority Enclaves on the Mental Health of Sexual Minority Youth,” Journal of Health and Social BehaviorRevise and Resubmit.