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Remembering Suzanne Bianchi

PSC Announcement

11/05/2013

November 5, 2013. Dr. Suzanne Bianchi, Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Los Angeles and former PSC trainee, died yesterday from pancreatic cancer. She leaves behind three children, Jennifer, James, and Jonathan, and her husband, Dr. Mark Browning (PSC trainee, 1975-78).

Suzanne was at PSC in the mid-1970s and received her PhD in sociology at U-M in 1978. Her dissertation committee included PSC researchers Ren Farley and Al Hermalin.

In her years since leaving U-M, Suzanne was a statistician/ demographer at the U.S. Census Bureau (1978-1994), a Professor of Sociology at the University of Maryland (1994-2009), a Professor of Sociology at UCLA (2009-),and a Faculty Associate at the Survey Research Center (2010-).

Her work focused on the dramatic changes in the American family – and on women’s roles in the family – since 1950. Her research was pioneering in its use of time diary data to chronicle the home and work lives of Americans. Her award-winning Changing Rhythms of American Family Life (2007), with Melissa Milkie and John Robinson, is among the most widely cited resources on work and family life in the United States today. 

Suzanne was the recipient of many honors and awards for her research, including a Visiting Scholar year at the Russell Sage Foundation (2010), a William T. Goode Book Award, an Otis Dudley Duncan Award for Outstanding Scholarship Social Demography, a Rosabeth Moss Kanter Award, a Ruben Hill Award, and a Lawrence R. Klein Award. She was also active in professional activities, serving in numerous leadership positions for the Population Association of America, including president in 2000.

From the PAA profile of Suzanne:

“Suzanne’s Midwestern values have stayed with her, keeping her grounded in what’s important in life at home and at work. She fosters the careers of her students and colleagues, publishes for a broad audience, and pays attention to her three wonderful children. She would be the first to say that her career has also demonstrated the importance of having a fully-involved and supportive husband in Mark Browning.”

Caring Bridge journal by Suzanne’s family on her battle with cancer

PAA Campaign Fund page for Suzanne

Related Links:

Obit. New York Times 11/17/2013.

Obit. UCLA Newsroom 11/14/2013.

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