Glen H. Elder, Jr.


Ph.D., Howard W. Odum Research Professor, Sociology
Research Professor, Psychology

CPC Office: 123 W Franklin St, Room 2196
CPC Phone Number: (919) 962-4264

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Glen Elder’s career has focused on understanding the reciprocal influences of changing environments and people’s lives through the use of longitudinal samples of individuals and cohort members. These changing environments include the Great Depression, military service in WW II and subsequent wars, rural economic declines, and the concentration of urban poverty. A theoretical account of their effects on people’s lives has evolved as the life course framework, defined by the principles of lifelong development, linked lives, human agency, the timing of life events, and historical time and place. Elder is continuing to contribute to life course theory in general, including a third version of his handbook chapter on the life course with CPC fellow Michael Shanahan (2015) and a chapter with Linda George at Duke University on cohorts and the life course for the second edition of the Handbook of the Life Course. Elder is also directing a longitudinal project that is focused on the lives and families of men and women who were born around 1900 and settled in Berkeley, California. They are the parents of the well-known Berkeley cohort of study members (born 1928-29) who were followed across the Depression and World War II to the middle years. The 1900 project is investigating the impact of the era’s dramatic change in the lives, health and aging of this generation.

Primary Research Areas:

  • Population Health

Current Research Projects:

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