American Sociological Association

Aging and the Life Course

Mission Statement

Sociology of Aging and the Life Course provides an analytical framework for understanding the interplay between human lives and changing social structures. Its mission is to examine the interdependence between (a) aging over the life course as a social process and (b) societies and groups as stratified by age, with succession of cohorts as the link connecting the two. This special field of age draws on sociology as a whole and contributes to it through reformulation of traditional emphases on process and change, on the multiple interdependent levels of the system, and on the multidimensionality of sociological concerns as they touch on related aspects of other disciplines. The field is concerned with both basic sociological research on age and its implications for public policy and professional practice.

Section Officers & Council


Section Secretary/Treasurer: Debra Street, SUNY at Buffalo 2019
Chair-Elect: Pamela Herd, University of Wisconsin-Madison 2017
Chair: Jessica A. Kelley-Moore, Case Western Reserve University 2017
Student Representative: Adriana Marie Reyes, University of Michigan 2017
Past Chair: Jeylan T Mortimer, University of Minnesota 2017
Student Representative: Rebecca Wang, Syracuse University 2018

Section Council

Andrew S. London, Syracuse University 2018
Carol S. Aneshensel, Univ of California-Los Angeles 2018
Jennifer Karas Montez, Syracuse University 2017
Kristen Schultz Lee, University at Buffalo, SUNY 2017
Tyson H. Brown, Duke University 2019
Hui Liu, Michigan State University 2019

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