Colter Mitchell

Colter Mitchell

Dr. Mitchell is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Center for Research on Child Wellbeing and the Office of Population Research at Princeton University. Currently his research focuses on the relationship between attitudes, values and beliefs on family, religious and educational behavior both within the United States and internationally. One aspect of his dissertation looked at Developmental Idealism's connection to modernization theory across the domains of wealth, development and education. He also investigates the relationship between genes and social environment in family formation outcomes.

Articles & Chapters

Allendorf, Keera, Arland Thornton, Colter Mitchell, and Linda Young-Demarco. Forthcoming. "The Influence of Developmental Idealism on Marital Attitudes, Expectations, and Timing." Journal of Family Issues.

Thornton, Arland, Georgina Binstock, Linda Young-DeMarco, Colter Mitchell, Kathryn M. Yount, and Yu Xie. 2016. "Evaluating the measurement reliabilities and dimensionality of developmental idealism measures." Chinese Journal of Sociology, 2(4): 609-635.

Thornton, Arland, Georgina Binstock, Dirgha J. Ghimire, Colter Mitchell, Mansoor Moaddel, Yu Xie, Li-Shou Yang, Mohammad Jalal Abbasi-Shavazi, et al. 2012. "Knowledge and Beliefs about National Development and Developmental Hierarchies: the Viewpoints of Ordinary People in Thirteen Countries." Social Science Research, 41(5): 1053-1068.

Thornton, Arland, Dirgha J. Ghimire, and Colter Mitchell. 2012. "The measurement and prevalence of an ideational model of family and economic development in Nepal." Population Studies, 66(3): 329-345.

Recent Pub

Kavas & Thornton. "Developmental Idealism and Beliefs About Marriage and Fertility in Turkey," in Population Research and Policy Review.

Recent Pub

Allendorf, Thornton, Mitchell, and Young-Demarco. "The Influence of Developmental Idealism on Marital Attitudes, Expectations, and Timing." Journal of Family Issues.

Recent Pub

Allendorf, Keera. "Parents' Valuation of Approving a Child's Spouse in a Context of Marital Change." Journal of Family Issues.

Reading History Sideways

The method of reading history sideways is described and critiqued by Arland Thornton

© 2019
Developmental Idealism
Population Studies Center
University of Michigan