Research Professor, Population Studies Center.
Research Professor, Survey Research Center.
Ph.D., Sociology, University of Michigan
Research Interests: 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.
Kavas, Serap, and Arland Thornton. Forthcoming. "Developmental Idealism and Beliefs About Marriage and Fertility in Turkey." Population Research and Policy Review.
Thornton, Arland, Nathalie Williams, Prem B. Bhandari, Linda Young-Demarco, Cathy Sun, Jeffrey Swindle, Christina Hughes, and Yu Xie. Forthcoming. "Influences of Material Aspirations on Migration." Demography.
Ghimire, Dirgha J., Nathalie Williams, Arland Thornton, Linda Young-Demarco, and Prem B. Bhandari. 2019. "Strategies for origin-based surveying of international migrants." Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 45(7): 1185-1206.
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.
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