Suzanne M. Bianchi

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Suzanne Bianchi
Born(1952-04-15)April 15, 1952
Fort Dodge, Iowa, US
DiedNovember 4, 2013(2013-11-04) (aged 61)
Santa Monica, California, US
OccupationDorothy L. Meier Chair in Social Equities
Known forResearch on gender and family relationships and time
SpouseMark Browning
Academic background
EducationUniversity of Michigan
University of Notre Dame
Creighton University
Academic work
InstitutionsUniversity of California, Los Angeles

Suzanne M. Bianchi (April 15, 1952, Fort Dodge, Iowa – November 4, 2013, Santa Monica, California) was an American sociologist. She was known for her work studying the evolving American family and gender roles.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Suzanne M. Bianchi was born in Fort Dodge, Iowa to Rita and Pesho Bianchi. Her mother was a housewife and her father was a meat packing plant employee.[1] Bianchi was the oldest of six children. She and her husband, Mark Browning, had three children.[2][1]

Education and career[edit]

After graduating valedictorian from her high school, Bianchi was the first in her family to go to college and earned her B.A. in Sociology from Creighton University, her M.A. from University of Notre Dame, and her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Bianchi began her career as a demographer for the U.S. Census Bureau, where she remained until 1994, rising to an assistant division chief position. In 1994, she joined the faculty at the University of Maryland, where she eventually chaired the university's sociology department and became the founding director of the Maryland Population Research Center. In 2000, she served as president of the Population Association of America.[3]

In 2009, Bianchi moved to UCLA, where she was the first Dorothy L. Meier Chair in Social Equities.[1] Among her main fields of study she focused on working mothers, researching and analyzing changes in American family life during the last decades.[4]


In July, 2013, Bianchi was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. She died on November 4, 2013.[5]

Major contributions[edit]

Bianchi made many major contributions with her use of "time diaries."[6] Her work encouraged the creation and use of the American Time Use Survey (ATUS) as well other international time use surveys.[7]

Bianchi's academic work explored the shrinking gender gap and how women's careers affected households. Most of her studies focused on how parents, especially mothers, balance the demands of work and family.[6] She researched women's employment, how husbands and wives divide housework and time with children, and how women take care of their children and parents.[1]

Bianchi notably reported in her 2000 presidential address to the Population Association of America that 1990's working mothers spend similar amounts of time with their children as their 1960's stay-at-home counterparts, disproving the concept that maternal employment harms children.[1][8][6]

She was also the co-author of seven books. One of her co-authors, Judith Selzer, said of her, "She always identified puzzles in the social world and tried to solve them by rigorous empirical studies."[5] The book "Continuity and change in the American Family", co-written with Lynne Casper, was award-winning, as well as her book "Changing Rhythms of American Family Life" with Melissa Milkie and John P. Robinson.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Obituary: Suzanne Bianchi, 61, UCLA sociologist who studied American family life". UCLA. Retrieved 2022-10-14.
  2. ^ Vitello, Paul (November 18, 2013). "Suzanne Bianchi, 61, Who Analyzed Family Time, Dies".
  3. ^ "Past Presidents of the Population Association of America". Retrieved July 13, 2017.
  4. ^ "Suzanne M. Bianchi dies at 61". Washington Post. November 20, 2013.
  5. ^ a b Woo, Elaine (November 17, 2013). "Suzanne M. Bianchi dies at 61; UCLA sociologist studied family life". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 7, 2015.
  6. ^ a b c Vitello, Paul (2013-11-18). "Suzanne Bianchi, 61, Who Analyzed Family Time, Dies". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2022-10-14.
  7. ^ "PAA Honored Members - Population Association of America". Retrieved 2023-03-16.
  8. ^ Woo, Elaine (2013-11-18). "Suzanne M. Bianchi dies at 61; UCLA sociologist studied family life". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2023-03-16.


"List of books by Suzanne M. Bianchi". Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved April 7, 2015.