Sociology Professor Brian Gillespie’s primary research interests include demography, family, migration, and aging & the life course. His forthcoming book, American Migration, Children, and Families (Palgrave Macmillan 2015), charts the patterns, trends, and changing roles and nature of U.S. geographic mobility through the Great Recession.
The book also explores how and why long- and short-distance moves are beneficial for some children and families but detrimental for others.
Since arriving at SSU this fall, Dr. Gillespie has published a number of studies examining the effects of geographic mobility on children and families (Gillespie 2014a; Gillespie 2014b), determinants of spatial proximity among parents and adult children (Gillespie and van der Lippe, 2014), and close adult friendships across different stages of the life cycle (Gillespie, Lever, Frederick, and Royce 2014).
Another line of Dr. Gillespie’s research entertains a micro-sociological perspective on marital and relationship dynamics as situated around couples’ intimate relationships and their sexual, relationship and life satisfaction.
His research employs both quantitative and qualitative research methods and he has published research using sophisticated statistical modeling, ethnographic research, in-depth interviews, and narrative analysis.
His co-authored book on survey research design, Survey Research from Start to Finish, will be published in early-2015 (Sage Publications). Broadly, Dr. Gillespie’s work emphasizes the factors that contribute to child and family well-being.
One common thread is that, when possible, he approaches research from a multidisciplinary, international, intergenerational, intragenerational, and life course perspective. His research contributes to social policy and clinical practice by identifying risk factors associated with family and relationship well-being that can be targeted in future policy and prevention efforts.