Arland D. Thornton

Research Professor, SRC-Family Demography
Research Professor, PSC
Professor, Sociology
Arland D. Thornton


Arland Thornton is a social demographer who focuses on the study of family and demographic issues with a particular emphasis on marriage, cohabitation, divorce, childbearing, intergenerational relations and gender roles. During the past decade, Dr. Thornton has devoted considerable time and energy studying developmental idealism and its influence in many areas of the world. His work (in collaboration with others) has involved conceptualization, measurement and analysis of data from several countries, including Albania, Argentina, Bulgaria, China, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Malawi, Nepal, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, the U.S., and Vietnam.