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Rachel Margolis

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Rachel Margolis, Associate Professor

Ph.D. Demography and Sociology, University of Pennsylvania, 2011
M.A. Demography, University of Pennsylvania, 2007
M.Sc. LSE, Population and Development, London School of Economics, 2005
B.A. Government, Cornell University, 2004

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Research

Dr. Margolis' research addresses how family dynamics shape population change in developed countries. She works in the following areas: demography, fertility and family change, population aging, population health and well-being, and medical sociology.

Her current research topics include:
(1) The changing demography of grandparenthood and kinship structures in aging societies
(2) Fertility dynamics in the context of low and late fertility
(3) Health behavior changes and trajectories and their implications for population health

Recent Publications

2019    Margolis, Rachel and Ashton M. Verdery. A Cohort Perspective on the Demography of Grandparenthood: Past,           
             Present, and Future Changes in Race and Sex Disparities in the United States. Demography

2019    Sivakumaran, Gajan and Rachel Margolis. Self-Rated Health by Sexual Orientation Among Middle-Aged and Older
             Adults in Canada. The Journals of Gerontology Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences.

2019    Hartnett, Caroline Sten and Rachel Margolis. Births that are Later-than Desired: Correlates and Consequences.
             Population Research and Policy Review, 1-23.

2019    Margolis, Rachel, Feng Hou, Michael Haan and Anders Holm. Use of Parental Benefits by Family Income in Canada:
             Two Policy Changes. Journal of Marriage and Family 81(2):450-467.

2018    Verdery, Ashton M., Rachel Margolis, Zhangjun Zhou, Xiangnan Chai, and Jongjit Rittirong. Kinlessness Around the
             World. The Journals of Gerontology Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences.

2018    Zhou, Zhangjun, Ashton M. Verdery, and Rachel Margolis. No Spouse, No Son, No Daughter, No Kin in Contemporary             China: Prevalence, Correlates and Differences in Economic Support. The Journals of Gerontology Series B:
            Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences.

2018    Hernandez, Elaine, Rachel Margolis, and Robert Hummer. Educational Attainment, Gender, and Health Behavior
             Changes after a Gateway Diagnosis, Journal of Aging and Health. 30(3): 342-364.

2017    Margolis, Rachel and Laura Wright. Healthy Grandparenthood: How long is it and how is it changing? Demography.
              54(60): 2073-2099.

2017    Verdery, Ashton M., and Rachel Margolis. Projections of white and black older adults without living kin in the United
             States, 2015-2060. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 201710341.
            * Winner of the Roy C. Buck Award (2019)

2017    Margolis, Rachel and Laura Wright. Older Adults with Three Generations of Kin: Prevalence, Correlates and Transfers.
             The Journals of Gerontology Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences. 72(6):1067-1072.

2017    Margolis, Rachel and Ashton M. Verdery. Aging alone? Older Adults without Close Kin in the United States. The
             Journals of Gerontology Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences. 72(4): 688-693.
            * Editor’s Choice Article

2017    Daw, Jonathan, Rachel Margolis, and Laura Wright. Emerging Adulthood, Emergent Health Lifestyles:
             Sociodemographic Determinants of Trajectories of Smoking, Binge Drinking, Obesity and Sedentary Behavior. Journal
             of Health and Social Behavior 58(2):181-197.

2016    Margolis, Rachel, and Mikko Myrskylä. Children’s Sex and the Happiness of Parents. European Journal of Population
             32(3): 403-420.

2016    Daw, Jonathan, Ashton M. Verdery, and Rachel Margolis. Kin Count(s): Educational and Racial Differences in
             Extended Kin Counts in the United States. Population and Development Review. 42(3):491-517.

2016    Margolis, Rachel. The Changing Demography of Grandparenthood. Journal of Marriage and Family. 78(3): 610-622.

2016    Margolis, Rachel and Laura Wright. Better Off Alone Than With a Smoker: The Influence of Partner’s Smoking
             Behavior in Later Life. The Journals of Gerontology Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences
             71(4):687-697.

2015    Margolis, Rachel and Natalie Iciaszczyk. The Changing Health of Canadian Grandparents. Canadian Studies in
             Population 42(3-4): 63-76.

2015    Daw, Jonathan, Rachel Margolis, and Ashton M. Verdery. Siblings, Friends, Course-mates, Club-mates: How
             Adolescent Health Behavior Homophily Varies by Race, Class, Gender, and Health Status. Social Science & Medicine
             125:32-39.

2015    Margolis, Rachel and Mikko Myrskylä. Parental Well-being Surrounding First Birth as a Determinant of Further Parity
             Progression. Demography 52(4):1147-1166.

Teaching 2018-2019

On Sabbatical for the 2019-2020 Academic Year

2180A-001 Development & Health Inequalities

2180B-001 Development & Health Inequalities

4441B-001 Death, Fertility, and Migration: Demographic Analysis

9007A-001 (Advanced) Multivariate Statistical Analysis

9331B-001 Death, Fertility, and Migration: Demographic Analysis

Postdoctoral Fellows Supervised

Sarah E. Patterson (2017-2019)

Youjin Choi (2018-2020)

PhD Students Supervised

Xiangnan Chai (2019)

Laura Wright (2015)

MA Students Supervised

Annie Gong (2013)

Scott Mandich (2015)

Sasha Koba (2015)

Bryce Stoliker (2016)

Natalie Iciaszczyk (2016)

Gajan Sivakumaran (2018)

Katha Aathavan (2019)

Haemi Chung (2019)