Suzanne M. Bianchi

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Suzanne M. Bianchi (April 15, 1952, Fort Dodge, Iowa – November 4, 2013, Santa Monica, California) was an American sociologist.[1]


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.[2] Bianchi is the oldest of six children. She and her husband had three children.[3]

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.[1]

She began her career as a demographer for the U.S. Census Bureau, where she remained until 1994, then she joined the faculty at the University of Maryland, where she eventually chaired the university’s sociology department and directed the Maryland Population Research Center. In 2000 she served as President of the Population Association of America.[4]

In 2009 she moved to UCLA, where she was Dorothy L. Meier Chair in Social Equities. Among her main fields of study she focused on working mothers, researching and analyzing changes in American family life during the last decades.[5]

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.[2]


Bianchi died from pancreatic cancer on November 4, 2013, aged 61. Her daughter Jennifer said of her mother, "She was very much aware of the constraints of juggling career and motherhood. She lived as well as researched it."[6]


Bianchi made many major contributions with her use of "time diaries". She was also the co-author of many 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."[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Obituary of Dr. Suzanne M. Bianchi". Retrieved November 20, 2013.
  2. ^ a b Sullivan, Meg (November 14, 2013). "Obituary: Suzanne Bianchi, 61, UCLA sociologist who studied American family life". Retrieved April 7, 2015.
  3. ^ Vitello, Paul (November 18, 2013). "Suzanne Bianchi, 61, Who Analyzed Family Time, Dies".
  4. ^ "Past Presidents of the Population Association of America". Retrieved July 13, 2017.
  5. ^ "Suzanne M. Bianchi dies at 61". Washington Post. November 20, 2013.
  6. ^ a b Woo, Elaine (November 17, 2013). "Suzanne M. Bianchi dies at 61; UCLA sociologist studied family life". Retrieved April 7, 2015.


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