Family Social Science
Room 299F McNH
1985 Buford Ave
St Paul, MN 55108
Areas of Interest
Family and Couple Systems
Qualitative Family Research
Loss and Families
African American Families
Family and Cultural Diversity
How Government and Corporate Policies Affect Families
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 eight different projects related to my interests, including the following:
How Novels by Widely Read African American Authors Depict the Impact of Racism on African American Family Life. Taking African American novels as in part reports of lived experience, cultural knowledge, and observations of families, I am writing about how 26 African American-authored novels depict the short run and long run impact of racism on everyday life in African American families.
Outreach & Engagement
Editorial Board Memberships: Death Studies, Journal of Loss and Trauma, Journal of Comparative Family Studies, Mortality, Journal of Rural Community Psychology, Journal of Marriage and Family
- Rosenblatt, P. C. (in press). The impact of racism on African American families: Literature as social science. Farnham, Surrey, UK: Ashgate.
- Rosenblatt, P. C. (in press). Race and the end of life. Wiley-Blackwell encyclopedia of health, illness, behavior, and society. Oxford, UK: Wiley-Blackwell.
- Rosenblatt, P. C., & Bowman, T. (2013). Alternative approaches to conceptualizing grief: A conversation. Bereavement Care, 32 (#2), 82-85.
- Rosenblatt, P. C., & Wieling, E. (2013). Knowing and not knowing in intimate relationships. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.
- Rosenblatt, P. C. (2013). Family grief in cross-cultural perspective. Family Science, 4, 12-19.
- 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.
- Rosenblatt, P. C.(2013). Review of N. Berns, Closure: The Rush to End Grief and What It Costs. Death Studies, 37, 589-594
- Rosenblatt, P. C. (2013). Family systems theory as a tool for anyone dealing with personal or family loss. ADEC Forum, 39 (1), 11, 13.
- 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.
- Rosenblatt, P. C. (2012). One interviewer versus several: Modernist and postmodernist
perspectives in qualitative family interviewing. Journal of Family Theory and Review, 4, 96-
- 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
professionals (pp. 27-39). New York: Routledge.
- 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,
- Rosenblatt, P. C. (2012). Family and friend caregivers and care receivers in grief. ADEC Forum, 38 (1), 23-24.
- Rosenblatt, P. C., & Li, X. (2011). Chinese similes and metaphors for family. Journal of
Comparative Family Studies, 42, 919-926.
- 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.
- 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.
- Rosenblatt, P. C. (2011). The challenges of sharing a couple bed. NCFR Report, 56 (1), F10-12.
- Rosenblatt, P.C. (2010). A cultural history of thanatology. ADEC Forum, 36 (4), 25-26.
- Rosenblatt, P. C., & Li, X. (2010). Hazards to family relationships from cell phone
usage while driving. Family Science Review, 15 (#2), 84-93. Available online.
- Rosenblatt, P. C. (2010). Review of S. L. Bertman, One breath apart: Facing dissection. Death
Studies, 34, 469-472.
- 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.
- Rosenblatt, P. C. (2009). Providing therapy can be therapeutic for a therapist. American
Journal of Psychotherapy, 63, 169-181.
- Rosenblatt, P. C. (2009). Family autobiography. Journal of Family Life. Available online.
- 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.
- Rosenblatt, P. C. (2009). Shared obliviousness in family systems. Albany, NY: State University
of New York Press.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.