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

Academic Interests:

Dr. Gillespie’s research interests are organized around two streams, both related to families and the life course. The first is motivated by research that considers factors, particularly household mobility, that can have negative consequences for children and families. Another line of research entertains a microsociological perspective on marital and other interpersonal relationship dynamics, namely couples’ intimate relationships, close friendships, and their sexual, relationship, and life satisfaction.  Professor Gillespie is also strongly committed to enhancing aging services for the older adult community in California. He currently serves as an advisory council member for the Area Agency on Aging.

Courses Offered:

  • SOCI 300: Sociological Research Methods
  • SOCI 301: Statistics for Sociologists
  • SOCI 312: Sociology of Gender
  • SOCI 319: Aging & Society
  • SOCI 345: Sociology of Families
  • SOCI 381: Population & Society
  • SOCI 498: Life Course Transitions (Senior Seminar)

Selected Publications:

    Family & Mobility

      • Gillespie, Brian Joseph. 2017. Household Mobility in America: Patterns, Processes, and Consequences. New York: Palgrave MacMillan.
      • Gillespie, Brian Joseph and Judith Treas. 2015. “Adolescent Intergenerational Cohesiveness and Young Adult Proximity to Parents in the United States.” Journal of Family Issues. doi: 10.1177/0192513X15598548
      • 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. “Geographic Mobility and Families” Pp. 1-2 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 25(2):279-294.
      • 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 and Georgiana Bostean. 2013. “Socioeconomic Status, Residential Mobility, and Health.” Pp. 33-57 in Kevin Fitzpatrick (Ed.), Poverty and Health: 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 18:223-233.

    Interpersonal Relationships

      • Gillespie, Brian Joseph. 2016. “Correlates of Sex Frequency and Sexual Satisfaction among Partnered Older Adults.” Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy. doi: 10.1080/0092623X.2016.1176608
      • Frederick, David A., Janet Lever, Brian Joseph Gillespie and Justin Garcia. 2016. "What Keeps Passion Alive?” Journal of Sex Research. doi: 10.1080/00224499.2015.1137854
      • Gillespie, Brian Joseph. 2016. “Sexual Synchronicity and Communication among Partnered Older Adults.” Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy. doi: 10.1080/0092623X.2016.1182826
      • 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. doi: 10.1177/0731121415611683
      • 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 ONE10(6):e0128900.
      • 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 32(6):709-736

    Research Methods and Pedagogy

      • Ruel, Erin E., William E. Wagner III, and Brian Joseph Gillespie. 2016. The Practice of Survey Research: Theory and Applications.  Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
      • Gillespie, Brian Joseph. 2015. “Intersectional Perspectives on Aging” (Peer-Reviewed Teaching Module). TRAILS: Teaching Resources and Innovations Library for Sociology. Washington, DC: American Sociological Association.