Research Professor, Population Studies Center.
Research Professor, Survey Research Center.
Ph.D., Sociology, University of Michigan
Arland Thornton is Professor of Sociology, Population Studies, Survey Research, and Native American Studies at the University of Michigan, where he is also associated with the Centers for Chinese Studies, Middle Eastern and North African Studies, Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies, and South Asian Studies. He is a social demographer who has served as president of the Population Association of America and previously held a MERIT award from the National Institutes of Health. He has received four awards for his books as well as distinguished career awards from the American Sociological Association and the Population Association of America. For much of his career, Thornton has focused on the study of family and demographic issues, with emphasis on marriage, cohabitation, divorce, childbearing, intergenerational relations, and gender roles. More recently, Thornton has pioneered the study of developmental idealism, including its conceptualization, measurement, and influence in many places. He has collaborated in the collection and analysis of data from several countries, including Albania, Argentina, Bulgaria, China, Egypt, Hungary, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Malawi, Nepal, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, Turkey, the U.S., and Vietnam. Thornton is currently conducting research on migration in Nepal and is initiating a study of social change among Native Americans.
Ghimire, Dirgha J., Nathalie Williams, Arland Thornton, Linda Young-Demarco, and Prem B. Bhandari. Forthcoming. "Strategies for origin-based surveying of international migrants." Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies.
Allendorf, Keera, Arland Thornton, Colter Mitchell, Linda Young-Demarco, and Dirgha J. Ghimire. 2017. "Early Women, Late Men: Timing Attitudes and Gender Differences in Marriage." Journal of Marriage and Family, 79(5): 1478-1496. PMCID: PMC5679473.
Thornton, Arland, Shawn F. Dorius, Jeffrey Swindle, Linda Young-Demarco, and Mansoor Moaddel. 2017. "Middle Eastern Beliefs about the Causal Linkages of Development to Freedom, Democracy, and Human Rights." Sociology of Development, 70(94): 70-94.
Yount, Kathryn M., Arland Thornton, Linda Young-Demarco, and Shilpa N. Patel. 2017. "Lay Accounts of "Modern" and "Traditional" Family in Greater Cairo: A Test of Developmental Models of Family Life." In Values, Political Action, and Change in the Middle East and the Arab Spring edited by Mansoor Moaddel and Michele J. Gelfand. Chapter 5. Oxford University Press.
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