Arland Thornton's research focuses on family, demography, aging, the life course, social change, and gender. He studies attitudes, values, and behaviors about marriage, divorce, cohabitation, family size, gender roles, and intergenerational relations. He has conducted research on these topics in Nepal, Taiwan, and the United States. His research includes historical and comparative perspectives, including studies of the influence of developmental models and methods on family scholarship, data about family change, and the beliefs and behaviors of individual and community actors.
Egypt, Iran, Saudi Arabia.
Programs of Research
Religious Fundamentalism, Attitudes toward Political Violence, and Developmental Idealism among Youth in Egypt and Saudi Arabia - 2005 .
Comparative Study of Religious Fundamentalism, Developmental Idealism, Values and Value Change in the Middle East.
Collective Action in the Middle East: A Cross-National Survey of People’s Values and Political Engagement.