Professor of Sociology
Chair of Sociology and Anthroplogy Department
Sociology And Anthropology
Adams Hall - 211
Examines families in different societies. Issues addressed include definition and concept of the “family”; different types of family systems; the interaction of family change and other social, economic, and political change; the relationships between families and other social institutions; the role of gender and age in family relationships; and sources and outcomes of stability, conflict, and dissolution within families.
Draws together different theoretical and substantive issues in sociology in the United States, primarily since 1950. Discusses current controversies in the discipline, e.g., quantitative versus qualitative methodologies, micro versus macro perspectives, and pure versus applied work.
Gender; comparative study of families; intrafamily relationships and power; social demography, particularly feminist and critical demography; Asia (particularly East Asia and China); birth planning in China; Chinese/Chinese American experience in the United States, race/ethnicity in Hawai`i; public health.
Nancy Riley’s current projects include a multi-year project examining the historical and contemporary experience of Chinese in Hawai`i, using archival, observation, interview, and census data. She also has two other book projects underway, one on population and policy in China and the other a co-edited collection of essays on gender and population.
Riley, Nancy E. 2012. Laboring in Paradise: Gender, Work, and Family in a Chinese Economic Zone. Springer Press.
Riley, Nancy E. and Krista Van Vleet. 2011. Making Families Through Adoption. Pine Forge/ Sage Press.
Riley, Nancy E. and James McCarthy. 2003. Demography in the Age of the Postmodern. Cambridge University Press.
Riley, Nancy E. Submitted for review. “Becoming a part: Depictions of Hawai’i’s Chinese in Paradise of the Pacific Magazine.”
Riley, Nancy E. forthcoming. "Good mothering in China: Effects of Migration, Low Fertility, and Birth Constraints," in D. Poston, ed. Low Fertility Regimes and Demographic and Societal Changes. Springer Press.
Riley, Nancy E. forthcoming. "Patriarchies Old and New in Chinese Society." in Handbook of Chinese Culture and Society. Kevin Latham, editor. Routledge.
Riley, Nancy E. 2008. "Gender and Modernity in a Chinese Economic Zone." in K. Ferguson and M. Mironesco, eds. Gender and Globalization in Asia and the Pacific, pp. 213-229. Honolulu: University of Hawai`i Press.
Riley, Nancy E. 2005. “The Demography of Gender” in The Handbook of Population. Dudley Poston and Michael Micklin, editors. Klewer Academic/ Plenum Publishers.
Chatterjee, Nilanjana and Nancy E. Riley. 2001. "Planning an Indian modernity: The gendered politics of fertility control.” Signs 26 (3): 811-845 (spring).
Riley, Nancy E. 1999. “Challenging Demography: Contributions from Feminist Theory.” Sociological Forum 14 (3): 369-397 (Sept).
Riley, Nancy E. 1998. "Research on Gender in Demography: Limitations and Constraints." Population Research and Policy Review 17: 521-538 (Dec).
Riley, Nancy E. 1997. "American Adoptions of Chinese Girls: the socio-political matrices of individual decisions" Women's Studies International Forum 20 (1): 87-102.
Riley, Nancy E. 1995. Chinese Women's Lives: Rhetoric and Reality. East-West Center, Honolulu: AsiaPacific Issues No. 25 (September).
Riley, Nancy E. 1994. "Interwoven Lives: Parents, Marriage and Guanxi in China," Journal of Marriage and the Family 56 (4): 791-803 (Nov).
Bauer, John, Wang Feng, Nancy E. Riley and Zhao Xiaohua. 1992. "Gender inequality in urban China: education and employment," Modern China 18 (3): 333-370 (July).
Coale, Ansley, Wang Feng, Nancy E. Riley and Lin Fude. 1991. "Recent trends in fertility and nuptiality in China," Science 251 (4992): 389-393.