American Sociological Association

Section on Aging and the Life Course Past Award Recipients

The Section on Aging and the Life Course's Dissertation Award

This award was last offered in 1999. It has been replaced by the Graduate Student Paper Award

This award was established in 1986, but no award was given that year. In 1990, the Section honored Robert M. Ball with a Special Award for his substantial contributions to social policy.

1999: Andrea Wilson, Florida State University, “Women’s Economic Well Being in Later Life: A Life Course Perspective”

1996: Robin Weinick, Agency for Health Care Policy Research, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, “Coresidence and Intergenerational Assistance in the United States”

1994: Cheryl Elman, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, “Household Structure, Local Economics, and the Labor Force: Attachment of Elderly American Males in 1910: A Contextual Analysis”

1993: Sally K. Gallagher, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, “Family and Community Caregiving by the Elderly: The New Volunteers”

1992: Ann Robertson, University of California, Berkeley, “Beyond Apocalyptic Demography: Critical Reflections on the Politics of Need”

1991: Deborah Merrill, Brown University, “The Tradeoff Between Caregiving and Employment for Familial Caregivers of the Disabled Elderly”

1990: Roma Hanks, University of Delaware, “Family & Corporation Linkage in Timing & Control of Incentive Based Early Retirement”

1989: Jason S. Lee, University of Michigan, “Age, Social Factors, & Abstraction: A Study of Adult Intellectual Development”

1987: Deborah T. Gold


The Section on Aging and the Life Course's Graduate Student Paper Award

This annual award honors the outstanding paper written by a graduate student (or students) member(s) of the Section on Aging and the Life Course, as determined by the Graduate Student Paper Award committee. At the 1996 Annual Meeting, a Graduate Student Paper Award was established in place of the Doctoral Dissertation Award. Papers authored or coauthored solely by students are eligible; faculty co-authorship is not allowed. Eligible student authors include master's students and pre-doctoral student members of the section who are currently enrolled in a graduate program or who have graduated no earlier than December of 2009.

2016: Katherine Fallon and Casey Stockstill, “The Condensed Courtship Clock: How Elite Women Manage Self-Development and Marriage Ideals,” Socius 4:1-14. 2018.

2015: Siwei Cheng, “A Life Course Trajectory Framework for Understanding the Intracohort Pattern of Wage Inequality,” American Journal of Sociology 120(3):633-700. 2014.

2014: Jonathan Horowitz, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, “Doing Less with More: Cohorts, Education and Civic Participation in America,” Social Forces 94(2):747-774. 2015.

2013: Stacy Marlena Torres, University of California and New York University, "Where Everybody May Not Know Your Name: The Importance of Elastic Ties"

2012: Christopher Steven Marcum, RAND Corporation, “Age Differences in Daily Social Activities''

2012: Maggie Frye, University of California, Berkeley, "Bright Futures in Malawi's New Dawn: Educational Aspirations as Assertions of Identity," American Journal of Sociology 117(6):1565-1624. 2012.

2011: Markus H. Schafer and Lindsay A. Rinaldo, Purdue University, "Childhood Conditions, Educational Attainment, and Adult Health: Who Benefits the Most from College?"

2010: Daniel Carlson, The Ohio State University, "Explaining the curvilinear Relationship between Age at First Birth and Depression among Women," Social Science & Medicine 72(4):494-503. 2011.

2009: Kyle Longest, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, "Integrating Identity Theory and the Life Course Perspective: The Case of Adolescent Religious Behavior"

2008: Genevieve Pham-Kanter, University of Chicago, "Social Comparisons and Health: Can Having Richer Friends and Neighbors Make You Sicker?" Social Science & Medicine 69(3):335-344. 2009.

2008: Tetyana P. Shippee, Purdue University, "'But I am Not Moving': Residents' Perspectives on Transitions within a Continuing Care Retirement Community," The Gerontologist 49(3):418-427. 2009.

2007: Daniel Carlson, The Ohio State University, "The Stress of Non-Marital Events"

2006: Jinyyoung Kim and Emily Durden, University of Texas, Austin, “Socioeconomic Status and Age Trajectories of Health,” Social Science & Medicine 65(12):2489-2502. 2007.

2005: Yang Yang, University of Chicago, “Is Getting Old Depressing? Growth Trajectories and Cohort Variations in Late Life Depression,” Journal of Health and Social Behavior 48(1):16-32. 2007.

2004: Amelie Quesnel-Vallee, McGill University, Miles G. Taylor, Duke University, "Socioeconomic Status Across the Life Course and Mental Health in Adulthood: The Interplay of Ascribed and Achieved Statuses," Journal of Aging and Health 28(1):40-67. 2016.

2003: Krysia N. Mossakowski, Indiana University, “The Nativity Paradox and the Social Timing of Immigration over the Life Course”

2002: Tay McNamara, Boston College

2001: Joy E. Pixley and Carter T. Butts, "Analyzing Life Course Patterns with the Interval Graph Approach"

2000: Kim Shuey, Florida State University, "In the Middle: Intergenerational Patterns of Assistance Among a Cohort of American Couples"

1999: Guobin Yang, New York University, “The Liminal Effects of Social Movements: Red Guards and the Transformation of Identity,” Sociological Forum 15(3):379-406. 2000.


The Section on Aging and the Life Course's Matilda White Riley Distinguished Scholar Award

2016: Madonna Harrington Meyer, Syracuse University

2015: Debra J. Umberson, University of Texas, Austin

2014: Kenneth Ferraro, Purdue University

2013: Gunhild Hagestad, NOVA/Norwegian Social Research and the University of Agder

2012: Duane Alwin, Pennsylvania State University

2011: Jon (Joe) Hendricks, Oregon State University

2010: Judy Treas, University of California, Irvine

2009: Dale Dannefer, Case Western Reserve University

2008: Angela O’Rand, Duke University

2007: Leonard Pearlin, University of Maryland, College Park

2006: Peter Uhlenberg, University of North Carolina

2005: Charles F. Longino, Jr., Wake Forest University

2004: Linda George, Duke University

2003: Fredric D. Wolinsky, University of Iowa

2002: Martin Kohli, Free University of Berlin

2001: Phyllis Moen, Cornell University

2000: Carroll Estes, University of California, San Francisco

1999: Karl Ulrich Mayer, Max Plank Institute, Berlin

1998: Glen H. Elder, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

1997: Eva Kahana, Case Western Reserve University

1996: Jaber F. Gubrium, University of Florida

1995: Vern Bengston, University of Southern California

1994: Jill Quadagno, Florida State University

1993: Marie R. Haug, Case Western Reserve University

1992: Helena Znaniecka Lopata, Loyola University, Chicago

1991: John Myles, Carleton University

1990: David L. Featherman, Social Science Research Council

1989: Anne Foner, Rutgers University

1988: Matilda White Riley, National Institutes of Health

1987: Ethel Shanas

1986: Irving Rosow, University of California, San Francisco

1985: George Maddox, Duke University

1984: Gordon Streib, University of Florida

The Section on Aging and the Life Course's Outstanding Publication Award

2016: Corey Abramson, The End Game: How Inequality Shapes Our Final Years. Harvard University Press. 2015.

2015: Anja-Kristin Abendroth, Matt L. Huffman, and Judith Treas, “The Parity Penalty in Life Course Perspective: Motherhood and Occupational Status in 13 European Countries,”American Sociological Review 79(5):993-1014. 2014.

2014: David Warner, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, and Tyson Brown, Vanderbilt University, “Understanding how race/ethnicity and gender define age-trajectories of disability: An intersectionality approach,” Social Science and Medicine 72(8):1236–1248. 2011.

2013: Richard Settersten, Oregon State University, and Jacqueline Angel, University of Texas at Austin, Handbook on the Sociology of Aging. Springer-Verlag. 2011.

2012: Markus H. Schafer, University of Toronto, Kenneth F. Ferraro, Purdue University, and Sarah A. Mustillo, Purdue University, “Children of Misfortune: Early Adversity and Cumulative Inequality in Perceived Life Trajectories,” American Journal of Sociology 116(4):1053-1091. 2011.

2011: Monica Kirkpatrick Johnson, Washington State University, and Stefanie Mollborn, University of Colorado, Boulder, “Growing up Faster, Feeling Older: Hardship in Childhood and Adolescence,” Social Psychology Quarterly 72(1):39-60. 2009.

2010: Josephy C. Hermanowicz, University of Georgia, Lives in Science: How Institutions Affect Academic Careers. University of Chicago Press. 2009.

2009: Anrea Wilson, University of Western Ontario, Kim Shuey, University of Western Ontario, and Glen Elder Jr., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, "Cumulative Advantage Processes as Mechanisms of Inequality in Life Course Health,” American Journal of Sociology 112(6):1886-1924. 2007.

2008: Arland Thornton, William Axinn, and Yu Xie, Marriage and Cohabitation. University of Chicago Press. 2007.

2007: Brian Powell, Indiana University, Lala Steelman, University of South Carolina, and Robert Carini, University of Louisville, “Advancing Age, Advantaged Youth: Parental Age and the Transmission of Resources to Children,” Social Forces 84(3):1359-1390. 2006.

1999: Ching Kwan Lee, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Gender and the South China Miracle: Two Worlds of Factory Women. University of California Press. 1998.

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