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


Chair: Toni Calasanti, Virginia Tech 2020
Chair-Elect: Jennifer Karas Montez, Syracuse University 2020
Past Chair: Elizabeth C. Cooksey, Ohio State University 2020
Section Secretary/Treasurer: Dawn Celeste Carr, Florida State University 2022
Student Representative: Phillip Cantu, University of Texas 2020
Student Representative: Catherine Garcia, University of Southern California 2021

Section Council

Jennifer A. Ailshire, University of Southern California 2020
Richard A. Miech, University of Michigan 2020
Patricia A. Thomas, Purdue University 2021
Mieke Beth Thomeer, University of Alabama at Birmingham 2021
Jason N. Houle, Dartmouth College 2022
Amelie Quesnel-Vallee, McGill University 2022

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