Research Professor, Population Studies Center.
Research Professor, Director of Family and Demography, Survey Research Center.
Ph.D., University of Michigan
Dr. Thornton specializes in the study of marriage, family, and life course structures and processes. His work currently focuses on intergenerational relations, cohabitation, marriage, divorce, reproductive behavior, living arrangements, and gender roles in Nepal, Taiwan, and the United States. A major program explores developmental idealism as a set of ideas that have shaped important aspects of social and family life. His teaching centers on the sociology and demography of the family and life course.