Dr Boroka Bo

Department of Sociology
Dr Boroka Bo



I am a sociologist of everyday life. I am interested in the reproduction of inequality across the life course. Specifically, I examine when, how and why time scarcity emerges — and the ways in which it is shaped by cultural processes along with social network, neighborhood and sociodemographic characteristics — in order to delineate the mechanisms linking sociotemporal disparities and inequalities in well-being. In other words, I study time for a deeper understanding of social inequalities. I am particularly interested in how structural inequalities can be addressed through socially responsible time use policies. My research interests broadly encompass areas of stratification, culture, well-being, social networks, migration, gender, economic sociology, and demography. ​I have collaborated with the Barcelona Time Use Initiative for a Healthy Society, Eurofound, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, USAID, and the Berkeley Interdisciplinary Migration Initiative. ​My work has been funded by the National Science Foundation, United States Agency for International Development, UC Berkeley's Canadian Studies Program, UC Berkeley's Social Sciences Data Laboratory, and by the Soros Fellowship for New Americans.


  • PhD Sociology & Demography University of California, Berkeley, (2021)

  • MA Sociology University of California, Berkeley, (2018)

  • MA Demography University of California, Berkeley, (2015)

  • BA Sociology University of Colorado Boulder, (2012)

Research and professional activities

Research interests


Open to supervise


Open to supervise

Social Networks

Open to supervise


Open to supervise


Open to supervise

Ethnicity and Race

Open to supervise


Open to supervise

Medical Sociology

Open to supervise

Life Course

Open to supervise

Time Use and Sociotemporal Disparities

Open to supervise


Open to supervise

Conferences and presentations

Socioeconomic Status, Time Scarcity and Well-Being in Retirement

Canadian Sociological Association, Edmonton, Canada, 1/1/2021

The Cultural Schemas and Temporal (Un)Knowns of Fatherhood

Invited presentation, Department of Demography Invited Talk Series, Berkeley, United States, 2021

Retiree Experiences During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Canadian Sociological Association, Edmonton, Canada, 1/1/2021

Social Psychology of Time, Space, and Social Context

Pacific Sociological Association, 1/1/2021

From Micro-Level Experiences to Macrostructural Encounters: Retiree Socioeconomic Status and the Socioemotional Experience of Pandemic Time

IV ISA Forum of Sociology. Porto Alegre, Brazil, 2021

Good Time, Bad Time: The Cultural Repertoires of Time Scarcity in Retirement

American Sociological Association, 1/1/2020

Beyond the Time Bind: Gender Inequality and the Tempo of Life in 87 Countries

International Association for Time Use Research, 1/11/2019

Bridging Gaps to Create Inclusive Societies

Invited presentation, 24/11/2018

Examining Residential Ethnic Segregation and Health: Considerations of Time Poverty and Physical Space

Population Association of America, 9/5/2018

Contextualizing Discrimination and the Internalization of Stereotypes through Socioeconomic and Demographic Processes

IUSSP, 15/11/2017

Identifying and Engaging with Hidden Populations through the use of 'Big Data', Demographic Forecasting Techniques and Qualitative Methods

Population Association of America, 26/5/2016

Opportunities and Constraints: A Situation Analysis with Area Based Socioeconomic and Demographic Measures of the Hungarian Roma Refugees of Toronto

Invited presentation, Munk School of Global Affairs, Toronto, Canada, 18/11/2015

Residential Proximity of Migrant Children and Intergenerational Temporal Support Exchanges in Romania

Population Association of America, 22/5/2014

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Researching Social Life I (SC101)

  • Researching Social Life II (SC203)


Journal articles (4)

Bó, BB., (2020). Beyond the time bind: Gender inequality and the tempo of life in 87 countries. Time & Society. 29 (3), 892-915

Bó, B., Zimmer, Z. and Rada, C., (2020). The structure and determinants of intergenerational support exchange flows in an eastern European setting. Research on aging. 42 (9-10), 262-271

Bó, BB., (2019). Structure versus agency: a cross-national examination of discrimination and the internalization of negative stereotypes. European Societies. 21 (3), 327-355

Bò, B., (2009). Caviar. The Iowa Review. 39 (1), 8-8

Book chapters (1)

Wilkins, AC., Mollborn, S. and Bó, B., (2014). Constructing difference. In: Handbook of the social psychology of inequality. Springer. 125- 154



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