Research & Practice Areas
Family Sociology, Stratification and Social Mobility, Gender and Sexuality, Demography, Statistics
Center, Institute & Lab Affiliations
- Gerontology Research Institute in the Andrus Gerontology Center, University of Southern California,
Tim Biblarz is Associate Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies. He served as Director of Graduate Studies in the USC Dornsife Department of Sociology from 2001-2005, Chair of the Sociology Department from 2007-2012, President of USC Dornsife College’s Faculty Council in 2010-11, and is the current Faculty Master of the South Residential College on campus. His research explores causes and consequences of social inequalities in the United States over time, and over the life course, with an emphasis on family and intergenerational issues. Biblarz’s articles have focused on how the rise in divorce has affected children’s patterns of social mobility over the last 40 years, how changing gender attitudes and behaviors have affected intimate relationships, how the sexual orientation of parents has mattered (or not) for children’s development and achievement, and other topics. He has published in the American Sociological Review, American Journal of Sociology, Social Forces, Journal of Marriage and the Family, and other journals, and is co-author of the book, How Families Still Matter (Cambridge University Press). Tim has received honors for his teaching and research, including USC’s General Education Teaching Award, and two Best Article in Sex and Gender Awards from the American Sociological Association.
- Ph.D. Sociology, University of Washington, 5/1992
Tenure Track Appointments
- Faculty Master, USC South Residential College, 2012 –
- Chair, Department of Sociology, University of Southern California, 2007 – 2012
- Director of Graduate Studies, USC Sociology, 2001 – 2005
- Associate Professor, University of Southern California, 2000 –
Summary Statement of Research Interests
Professor Biblarz studies the causes and consequences of social inequalities in the United States over time, with an emphasis on family and intergenerational issues. Current projects include an examination of how parents’ gender matters for children’s development; a study of the relationship between sexual orientation and patterns of social mobility; and an investigation of differences in the division of labor in same- and different-sex two-parent families.