Professor Brian Joseph Gillespie

  • Brian Gillespie Assistant Professor of Sociology
  • Ph.D., University of California, Irvine (2012)

Contact Information

Voicemail: 707.664.2583
Fax: 707.664.3920
Office: Stevenson 2084-N


Areas of Expertise:

Demography, Family, Aging and the Life Course, Research Methods & Design

Academic Interests:

Dr. Gillespie’s research interests are organized around two streams, both related to the family. The first is motivated by research that considers factors (particularly geographic mobility) that have negative consequences for children and families in a large, demographic context. Another line of research entertains a micro-sociological perspective on marital and relationship dynamics as situated around couples’ intimate relationships, close friendships, and their sexual, relationship, & life satisfaction. These micro/macro themes organize his substantive empirical efforts. ¬†Professor Gillespie is also strongly committed to enhancing aging services for the older adult community in California.¬† He serves as an advisory council member at-large for the Sonoma County Area Agency on Aging.

Courses Offered:

  • Soci 300: Sociological Research Methods
  • Soci 301: Statistics for Sociologists
  • Soci 319: Aging & Society
  • Soci 381: Population & Society

Selected Publications:

  • Gillespie, Brian Joseph. Forthcoming (2016). American Migration, Children, and Families. New York: Palgrave MacMillan.
  • Thiele, Megan and Brian Joseph Gillespie. 2016. “Social Stratification at the Top Rung: Classed Reports of Students’ Social Experiences on a Selective University Campus.” Sociological Perspectives.
  • Ruel, Erin E., William E. Wagner III, and Brian Joseph Gillespie. 2015. The Practice of Survey Research: Theory and Applications.  Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
  • Gillespie, Brian Joseph and Judith Treas. 2015. “Adolescent Intergenerational Cohesiveness and Young Adult Proximity to Parents in the United States.” Journal of Family Issues.
  • Gillespie, Brian Joseph, David A. Frederick, Lexi Harari, and Christian Grov. 2015. “Close Friendship and Life Satisfaction among Lesbians, Gay Men, and Bisexual and Heterosexual Men and Women.” PLOS ONE.
  • Gillespie, Brian Joseph and Tanja van der Lippe. 2015. “Early Intergenerational Cohesiveness and Later Geographic Distance to Parents in the Netherlands.” Advances in Life Course Research 23: 56-66.
  • Gillespie, Brian Joseph. 2015. “Intersectional Perspectives on Aging” (Peer-Reviewed Teaching Activity). TRAILS: Teaching Resources and Innovations Library for Sociology. Washington, DC: American Sociological Association.
  • Gillespie, Brian Joseph. 2015. “Geographic Mobility and Families” in Constance Sheehan (Ed.) The Encyclopedia of Family Studies. Boston: Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Gillespie, Brian Joseph. 2014. Residential Mobility and Change and Continuity in Parenting Processes. Journal of Research on Adolescence.
  • Gillespie, Brian Joseph. 2014. Does Intergenerational Solidarity Buffer the Negative Effects of Residential Mobility? Evidence for U.S. Children. Field Action Science Reports, Special Issue 10 (Improving Health Among Immigrant Populations): 1-9.
  • Gillespie, Brian Joseph, Janet Lever, David A. Frederick, and Tracy Royce. 2014. “Close Adult Friendships, Gender, and the Life Cycle.” Journal of Social and Personal Relationships.
  • Gillespie, Brian Joseph and Georgiana Bostean. 2013. Socioeconomic Status, Residential Mobility, and Health. Chapter 2 (pp. 33-57) in Kevin Fitzpatrick (Ed.) Poverty in America: A Crisis Among America’s Most Vulnerable, Volume II: The Importance of Place in Determining Their Future. Santa Barbara: Praeger.
  • Gillespie, Brian Joseph. 2013. Adolescent Behavior and Achievement, Social Capital, and the Timing of Geographic Mobility. Advances in Life Course Research 18:223-33.