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Paul Rosenblatt


Professor Emeritus

Family Social Science

Room 299F McNH
1985 Buford Ave
St Paul, MN 55108

Tel: 612/625-3120

Areas of Interest

Family and Couple Systems
Qualitative Family Research
Loss and Families
Grief Theory
Family Theory
African American Families
Family and Cultural Diversity
How Government and Corporate Policies Affect Families

Recent News

CEHD Vision 2020: Understanding How Racism Impacts African American Families
New book explores racism's influence on African American families via novels
New book on intimate relationships reveals surprising results
Rosenblatt and Wieling publish Knowing and Not Knowing in Intimate Relationships
Professor Rosenblatt receives award for service


Ph.D., Psychology, Northwestern University
M.A., Psychology, Northwestern University
A.B., Psychology, University of Chicago

Honors & Awards

Two in a Bed: The Social System of Couple Bed Sharing named one of the top 10 university press books of 2006 by ForeWord Magazine.

Member, University of Minnesota Academic of Distinguished Teachers.

Multiracial Couples: Black and White Voices written by Paul Rosenblatt with Terris Karis and Richard Powell won an award from the Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Human Rights for being an outstanding book for the year 1995 on the Subject of Human Rights in North America

Excellence in Research Award, College of Human Ecology. Ernest G. Osborne Award, from the National Council on Family Relations, for outstanding teaching in the family field. Fellow, American Psychological Association. Fellow, Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues. Distinguished Service to Families award from the Minnesota Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. Fellow, Society for Applied Anthropology

Research & Discovery

I am working on 12 projects, including a book on how we are all beginners again and again throughout life, a chapter on how a traumatic loss plays out in families over the generations, a self-help book about the problems members of very wealthy families face, and (with Cherie Collins) an article on what African American autobiographers say about the parenting they received to deal with racism.

Outreach & Engagement

Current Editorial Board Memberships: Death Studies, Journal of Loss and Trauma, Journal of Comparative Family Studies, Mortality, Journal of Rural Community Psychology.

Curriculum Vitae

View Paul Rosenblatt's curriculum vitae

Publications: 2009-Present

  1. Rober, P., & Rosenblatt, P. C. (in press).  Silence and memories of war:  An autoethnographic exploration of family secrecy.  Family Process
  2. Rosenblatt, P. C. (in press).  Cultural competence and humility.  In D. Harris & T. Bordere (Eds.), Handbook of social justice in loss and grief: Exploring diversity, equity, and inclusion (pp. xxx-xxx).  New York: Routledge.
  3. Rosenblatt, P. C. (2015).  Restarting stalled research.  Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
  4. Rosenblatt, P. C. (2015).  Grief in small scale societies.  In C. M. Parkes, P. Laungani & B. Young (Eds.), Death and bereavement across cultures, 2nd ed.  (pp. 23-41).  London: Routledge.
  5. *Rosenblatt, P. C. (2014, 2015).  Death and bereavement in later adulthood: Cultural beliefs, behaviors, and emotions.  In L. A. Jensen (Ed.), The Oxford handbook of human culture and development: An interdisciplinary perspective, (pp. 697-709).  New York: Oxford University Press.  DOI:  10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199948550.013.43 Online version published in 2014.
  6. Rosenblatt, P. C., & Wieling, E. (2014). Grief, psychological trauma, and relational problems in cultural context.  In Santana Santos, F., Schliemann, A. L., & Solano, J. P. C. (Eds.), Tratado Brasileiro sobre perdas e luto(pp. 265-273).  Sao Paulo, Brazil: Atheneu. [In Portuguese.]
  7. Rosenblatt, P. C. (2014). What are conferences for? The Sociological Imagination.
  8. Rosenblatt, P. C. (2014). Race and the end of life. Wiley-Blackwell encyclopedia of health, illness, behavior, and society. Oxford, UK: Wiley-Blackwell (5pp.). DOI: 10.1002/9781118410868.wbehibs275.
  9. Rosenblatt, P. C. (2014). The impact of racism on African American families: Literature as social science. Farnham, Surrey, UK: Ashgate.
  10. Rosenblatt, P. C., & Bowman, T. (2013). Alternative approaches to conceptualizing grief: A conversation. Bereavement Care, 32 (#2), 82-85.
  11. Rosenblatt, P. C., & Wieling, E. (2013). Knowing and not knowing in intimate relationships. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.
  12. Rosenblatt, P. C. (2013). Family grief in cross-cultural perspective. Family Science, 4, 12-19.
  13. Rosenblatt, P. C. (2013).Culture and socialization in death, grief, and mourning. In D. K. Meagher & D. E. Balk (Eds.), Handbook of thanatology, 2nd ed. (pp. 121-126) New York: Routledge.
  14. Rosenblatt, P. C.(2013). Review of N. Berns, Closure: The Rush to End Grief and What It Costs. Death Studies, 37, 589-594
  15. Rosenblatt, P. C. (2013). Family systems theory as a tool for anyone dealing with personal or family loss. ADEC Forum, 39 (1), 11, 13.
  16. Rober, P., & Rosenblatt, P.C. (2013). Selective disclosure in a first conversation about a family death in James Agee’s novel A Death in the Family. Death Studies, 37, 172-194.
  17. Rosenblatt, P. C. (2012). One interviewer versus several: Modernist and postmodernist
    perspectives in qualitative family interviewing. Journal of Family Theory and Review, 4, 96-
  18. Rosenblatt, P.C. (2012). The concept of complicated grief: Lessons from other cultures. In M.
    Stroebe, H. Schut, & J. van den Bout (Eds.), Complicated grief: Scientific foundations for health
    (pp. 27-39). New York: Routledge.
  19. Rosenblatt, P. C., & Li, X. (2012). Researching Chinese cultural understandings of
    marriage via similes and metaphors on the worldwide web. Marriage and Family Review, 48,
  20. Rosenblatt, P. C. (2012). Family and friend caregivers and care receivers in grief. ADEC Forum, 38 (1), 23-24.
  21. Rosenblatt, P. C., & Li, X. (2011). Chinese similes and metaphors for family. Journal of
    Comparative Family Studies, 42
    , 919-926.
  22. Rosenblatt, P. C. (2011). Review of T. Bowman & E. B. Johnson, The wind blows, the
    ice breaks: Poems of loss and renewal by Minnesota poets. Death Studies, 35, 678-682.
  23. Rosenblatt, P. C. (2011). Beyond Kubler-Ross: What we have learned about grief from cross-
    cultural research. In K. J. Doka & A. S. Tucci (Eds.), Beyond Kubler-Ross: New perspectives
    on death, dying and grief
    (pp. 77-89). Washington, DC: Hospice Foundation of America.
  24. Rosenblatt, P. C., Walsh, R. P., & Jackson, D. A. (2011). Grief and mourning codes. World Cultures eJournal, 18 (#2).
  25. Rosenblatt, P. C. (2011). The challenges of sharing a couple bed. NCFR Report, 56 (1), F10-12.
  26. Rosenblatt, P.C. (2010). A cultural history of thanatology. ADEC Forum, 36 (4), 25-26.
  27. Rosenblatt, P. C., & Li, X. (2010). Hazards to family relationships from cell phone
    usage while driving. Family Science Review, 15 (#2), 84-93.
  28. Rosenblatt, P. C. (2010). Review of S. L. Bertman, One breath apart: Facing dissection. Death
    Studies, 34
    , 469-472.
  29. Rosenblatt, P. C. (2010). Shame and death in cultural context. In J. Kauffman (Ed.), The shame
    of death, grief, and trauma
    (pp. 113-137). New York: Routledge.
  30. Rosenblatt, P. C. (2009). Providing therapy can be therapeutic for a therapist. American
    Journal of Psychotherapy, 63
    , 169-181.
  31. Rosenblatt, P. C. (2009). Family autobiography. Journal of Family Life. Available online.
  32. Rosenblatt, P. C. (2009). Funeral and funeralization in cross-cultural perspective. In C. D.
    Bryant & D. Peck (Eds.), Encyclopedia of death and the human experience (pp. 495-499).
    Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
  33. Rosenblatt, P. C. (2009). Shared obliviousness in family systems. Albany, NY: State University
    of New York Press.
  34. Rosenblatt, P. C. (2009). The culturally competent practitioner. In K Doka & A. S. Tucci
    (Eds.), Living with grief: Diversity and end-of-life care (pp. 21-32). Washington, DC: Hospice
    Foundation of America.
  35. Rosenblatt, P. C., & Rieks, S. J. (2009). No compromise: Couples dealing with issues for which
    they do not see a compromise. American Journal of Family Therapy, 37, 196-208.
  36. Rosenblatt, P. C. (2009). Racism and black-white relationships in end-of-life care in the United
    States: A speculative analysis. Illness, Crisis & Loss, 17, 113-124.
  37. Rosenblatt, P. C. (2009). A systems theory analysis of intercultural couple relationships. In T. A.
    Karis & K. D. Killian (Eds.), Intercultural couples: Exploring diversity in intimate relationships
    (pp. 3-20). New York: Routledge.