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
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
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.
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
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
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
2015 Margolis, Rachel and Mikko Myrskylä. Parental Well-being Surrounding First Birth as a Determinant of Further Parity
Progression. Demography 52(4):1147-1166.
On Sabbatical for the 2019-2020 Academic Year
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)