Suzanne M. Bianchi currently holds the Dorothy Meier Chair in Social Equities and is a Distinguished Professor of Sociology at UCLA. She was chair of Sociology at Maryland from 2005-2009. In 2003-04, she was named a University of Maryland Distinguished Scholar-Teacher and is a former Director of the Maryland Population Research Center (MPRC). She is a Past-President of the Population Association of America (2000) and past editor of the journal, Demography (2005-07). Prior to joining the Maryland faculty in 1994, she served as Assistant Chief for Social and Demographic Statistics in the Population Division of the U.S. Census Bureau. In 2003, she was awarded the University Alumni Merit Award from the College of Arts and Sciences at her undergraduate alma mater, Creighton University.
Dr. Bianchi’s research focuses on the American family, time use and gender equality. She has co-authored four books that investigate the changes in family life and gender equality in the latter half of the 20th century. Her 2006 book, Changing Rhythms of American Family Life (with John Robinson and Melissa Milkie) uses time diary data to chronicle changing parental investments in childrearing, unpaid work in the home and market work over the 1965-2000 period. In her 2002 book, Continuity and Change in the American Family (with Lynne Casper), she documents changes in U.S. marriage and fertility patterns, family living arrangements and economic well-being using Census and Current Population Survey data. This book received the 2002 Otis Dudley Duncan Book Award from the Sociology of Population Section of the American Sociological Association.
In American Women in Transition (1986), and later, in Balancing Act: Motherhood, Marriage, and Employment Among American Women (1996), both co-authored with Daphne Spain, she assessed the dramatic changes in the lives of American women, charting the causes and consequences of those changes for women themselves, their families and their workplaces. Her research articles on work and family life have twice won the Rosabeth Moss Kanter Award for Excellence in Work-Family Research (in 2001 and 2004), the Reuben Hill Award of National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) for the best article on the family (2000), and the Lawrence R. Klein Award for an outstanding contribution to the Monthly Labor Review (1999). Most importantly to her, three of these four award-winning articles were co-authored with graduate students at Maryland.