Jan E. Trost is a professor emeritus of sociology at Uppsala University, Sweden. He is Honorary President of the Committee on Family Research of the International Sociological Association. In 1999 the National Council on Family Research inaugurated the Jan Trost Award for Outstanding Contributions to Family Studies. He has published hundreds of articles and more than forty books. His work has focused mainly on theory development of symbolic interaction and in application on family and disaster studies as well as sexology.