Research Topics

Theory, research methodology, life course theory, family, cohabitation.

Research Interests

Dr. White’s  research focuses on social theory and life course analysis. Recent research topics include religion and cohabitation, life course cohabitation, life course analysis of Canadian families and theories about the family. He continues to work in the area of theory and methodology including multi-level theoretical analysis.

Dr. White’s  contributions to the study of families has been recognized by the award as Lifetime Honorary Fellow of the National Council on Family Relations in the U.S.

Selected Publications

Current Status of Theorizing about Families. (2013). Chapter 2, Pp. 11-37 in  G.W. Peterson and K.R. Bush (eds.), Handbook of Marriage and the Family,  NY: Springer.

Families across the Life Course. (2012). With T.F. Martin and S.K. Bartolic. Pearson: Toronto.

Family Theories (3rd edition, 2008) with D.M.Klein. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications

Advancing Family Theories (2004) Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Dynamics of Family Development (1991). NY: Guilford Press.

Journal of Comparative Family Studies

Families Across the Life Course
Family Theories
Advancing Family Theories

Winter 2016

SOCI200 Sociology of Family Sections

An introduction to contemporary family forms and relations.

Winter 2016

SOCI415A Theories of Family and Kinship - FAMILY & KINSHIP Sections

Theoretical approaches to the study of the family and family forms.

Winter 2016

SOCI501 Contemporary Sociological Theory Sections

Teaching Areas

Family Sociology, Family Diversity, Family Theory, Social Theory, Research Methods.


Ph.D. (Sociology), University of Alberta
M.A. (Sociology), University of Calgary
B.A. (Sociology), Colorado College