Previous Award Winners

Matilda White Riley Distinguished Scholar Award

This annual award honors a scholar in the field of aging and the life course who has shown exceptional achievement in research, theory, policy analysis, or who has otherwise advanced knowledge of aging and the life course.

2022: Deborah Carr (Boston University)
2021: SALC did not seek nominations this year because of the disruption caused by the pandemic
2020: Ellen L. Idler (Emory University)
2019: Merril Silverstein (Syracuse University)
2018: Eileen Crimmins (University of Southern California)
2017: Linda Waite (University of Chicago)
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)
1987Ethel Shanas
1986: Irving Rosow (University of California, San Francisco)
1985: George Maddox (Duke University)
1984: Gordon Streib (University of Florida)

Outstanding Mentor Award

SALC has a rich legacy of mentoring, both of students and junior faculty. We want to honor this history by recognizing SALC members who have distinguished themselves as mentors in the field of aging and the life course.

2022: Irma Elo (University of Pennsylvania)
2021: Linda K. George (Duke University)
2020: Jacqueline L. Angel (University of Texas at Austin)
2019: Mark Hayward (University of Texas at Austin)

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”

1987Deborah T. Gold

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.

2022: Kai Feng (University of Pennsylvania)
“Unequal Duties and Unequal Retirement: Decomposing the Women’s Labor Force Decline in Post-Reform China”

2021: Leafia Zi Ye (University of Wisconsin)
“Continuous Integration or Cumulative (Dis)advantage? U.S. Immigrants’ Economic Trajectories in Later Life”

2020: Shannon Ang (University of Michigan)
“Your Friends, My Friends and Our Family: Informal Social Participation and Mental Health through the Lens of Linked Lives”

2019: Laura Upenieks (University of Texas at San Antonio)
“Religious Attendance and Physical Well-Being in Later Life: Integrating Life Course Models of Health”

2018: Beth Truesdale (Harvard University)
“Coming of Age in an Unequal State: The Life Course Effects of Economic Inequality on Health”

2017: Angelina Grigoryeva (Princeton University)
“Own Gender, Sibling’s Gender, Parent’s Gender: The Division of Elderly Parent Care Among Adult Children,” American Sociological Review 82:116-146. 2017.

2017: Courtney Boen (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; now at University of Pennsylvania)
“The Role of Socioeconomic Factors in Black-White Health Inequities Across the Life Course,” Social Science and Medicine 170:63-76. 2016.

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.

2013Stacy 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: Amélie Quesnel-Vallée (McGill University) and Miles G. Taylor (Duke University
“Socioeconomic Status Across the Life Course and Mental Health in Adulthood: The Interplay of Ascribed and Achieved Statuses,” (published as Quesnel-Vallée, A., & Taylor, M. (2012). Socioeconomic Pathways to Depressive Symptoms in Adulthood: Evidence from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1979. Social Science & Medicine, 74(5), 734–743.)

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.

Outstanding Publication Award

This annual award honors an outstanding recent contribution to the field of sociology of aging and the life course as determined by the Outstanding Publication Award Committee.

2022: Sanyu Mojola (Princeton University), Nicole Angotti (American University), Enid Schatz (University of Missouri), and Brian Houle (Australian National University)
‘A Nowadays Disease’: HIV/AIDS and Social Change in a Rural South African Community. American Journal of Sociology 127(3):950–1000. November 2021.

2021: Courtney E. Boen (University of Pennsylvania)
2020. “Criminal Justice Contacts and Psychophysiological Functioning in Early Adulthood: Health Inequality in the Carceral State.” Journal of Health and Social Behavior 61(3), 290-306.

2020: Roi Livne (University of Michigan)
2019. Values at the End of Life: The Logic of Palliative Care. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

2019: Jielu Lin (National Human Genome Research Institute, National Institutes of Health) and Jessica A. Kelley (Case Western Reserve University
“From Noise to Signal: The Age and Social Patterning of Intra-Individual Variability in Late-Life Health,” Journals of Gerontology: Social Sciences 72(1):168-179. 2017.

2018: Phyllis Moen (University of Minnesota)
Encore Adulthood: Boomers on the Edge of Risk, Renewal, and Purpose. Oxford University Press. 2016.

2017: Andrew Halpern-Manners (Indiana University), John Robert Warren (University of Minnesota), James M. Raymo (University of Wisconsin-Madison), and D. Adam Nicholson (Indiana University)
“The Impact of Work and Family Life Histories on Economic Well-Being at Older Ages,” Social Forces 93(4):1369-1396. 2015.

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

2015Anja-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.

2014David 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: Joseph 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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