Aging and the Life Course

The life course perspective provides a framework for understanding processes of inequality and change both within individuals and across various levels of society.  Faculty working in this area study aging over the life course as a social process with attention to the intersections of individual lives, social structures, and social change. Faculty research includes examinations of family ties and aging; work, family and policy; trajectories of socioeconomic status and health from early life through old age; and the extended process of identity formation across the life course.

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Faculty experts in Aging and the Life Course

Patrick Denice, Assistant Professor

Patrick Denice
  • Social inequality, social stratification, and mobility
  • Life course
  • Education
  • Labour markets
  • Union and non-union influences on wages

SSC 5407
519-661-2111 x85725
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Anders Holm, Professor

Anders Holm
  • Quantitative methods
  • Socioeconomic status over the lifecourse
  • Social stratification
  • Inter-generational mobility
  • Sociology of health

SSC 5327
519-661-2111 x 85515
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Rachel Margolis, Associate Professor
Undergraduate Chair, Department of Sociology

Rachel Margolis
  • Demography
  • Social inequality
  • Family change
  • Aging

SSC 5326
519-661-2111 x82850
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Kim Shuey, Professor

Kim Shuey
  • Health and disability across the life course
  • Transmission of health across generations
  • Precarious employment, work and health
  • Environmental sociology.

SSC 5426
519-661-2111 x85135
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Andrea Willson, Associate Professor

Andrea Willson
  • Social inequality over the life course
  • Aging and the life course
  • Health effects of socioeconomic status across generations
  • Quantitative research
On Leave - July 1 to December 31, 2022
SSC 5423
519-661-2111 x85132
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Anna Zajacova, Associate Professor
Graduate Chair, Department of Sociology

Anna Zajacova
  • Social epidemiology
  • Health inequalities
  • Demography
  • Lifecourse and aging
  • Ethnicity
  • Quantitative methods

SSC 5330
519-661-2111 x85123
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