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Timothy J. Biblarz

Tim Biblarz is Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Sociology at the University of Southern California. He is also a research associate at USC's Population Research Laboratory, and at the Gerontology Research Institute of the Andrus Gerontology Center.

You can reach me at:
Department of Sociology, University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA 90089-2539
phone: (213) 740-3547. fax: (213) 740-3535. email:



Tim Biblarz's research explores causes and consequences of social inequalities for individuals and groups in the United States over time, and over the life course, with an emphasis on family and intergenerational issues. His articles have focused on how the rise in divorce has affected children's patterns of social class mobility over the last 40 years; why children's long-term socioeconomic trajectories vary across different types of alternative family arrangements (single mother families, single father families, stepfamilies, and so on); how changing gender role attitudes and behaviors have affected marital relationships; whether and why parental values and behaviors differ depending upon parents' location on socioeconomic, family structure, race/ethnic, and gender hierarchies; differences in the determinants of the psychological well-being of single mothers as compared with married mothers; and how the sexual orientation of parents has mattered (or not) for children's development and achievement. 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 How Families Still Matter (Cambridge University Press, 2002). Current projects include a study of heterosexual-, gay-, and lesbian-couple families with children using Census data, an investigation of religious transmission in families over time, and a paper on how the gender of parents matter for children.



I teach graduate and undergraduate courses in the sociology of families, social inequality, social demography, and statistics, including:

Sociology 200, Introduction to Sociology
Sociology 360, Social Inequality
Sociology 314, Introduction to Social Statistics
Sociology 169, Changing Family Forms (USC General Education)
Sociology 521, Introduction to Social Statistics I (graduate)
Sociology 621, Introduction to Social Statistics II (graduate)