Angela M. O'Rand

Angela M. O'Rand

Professor Emeritus of Sociology

External Address: 
417 Chapel Hill Drive, Campus Box 90088, Durham, NC 27708
Internal Office Address: 
Box 90088, 417 Chapel Drive, Durham, NC 27708
(919) 660-5629


My major research interests focus on patterns of inequality across the life span, with a special interest in the temporal diversity of life transitions, their consequences for later life, and the impact of institutions on these transitions over time. Over thirty-three years I have examined workplace policies related to wage and benefit structures and the impact of workers' educational, work and family histories on wage and fringe benefit outcomes. The changing employment relationship and the re-organization of retirement institutions (especially pensions) have been a central concern of my research. Most recently, I have turned to the cumulative impact of economic adversity on midlife health risks, such as heart attack. This research has uncovered the persistent effects of childhood adversity on midlife heart attack risk, especially among women. I am expanding this focus over the next few years to examine the more general question of "life course risks" and increased economic and social inequalities.

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., Temple University 1974

O'Rand, AM. "Stratification and the life course." The Handbook of Aging and the Social Sciences. Ed. R Binstock and LK George. New York: Academic Press, 1990. 130-148.

O'Rand, AM. "Scientific thought style and the construction of gender inequality." Women and the Academy: Feminist Reconstruction of Knowledge. Ed. JO Barr. University of Wisconsin Press, 1989. 103-120.

O'Rand, AM. "Women." Handbook on the Aged in the U.S. Ed. E Palmore. Greenwood Press, 1984. 125-142.

O Rand, AM. "Socioeconomic status and poverty." Research Instruments in Social Gerontology. Ed. DJ Mangen and WA Peterson. University of Minnesota Press, 1982. 281-341.

O'Rand, AM, and Henretta, JC. "Midlife work history and retirement income." Women's Retirement: Policy Implications of Recent Research. Ed. M Szinovacz. Sage Publications, 1982. 25-44.

von Mering, O, and Rand, AM. "Illness and the organization of health care: a sociocultural perspective." Dimensions of Aging, Culture and Health. Ed. CL Fry and CL Fry. New Yorrk: J.F. Bergin Publishers, 1981. 255-270.

O'Rand, AM. "Theories of aging and inequality: new research directions (In preparation)." Handbook of Theories of Aging. Ed. VL Bengtson and R Settersten.

O'Rand, AM, and Bostic, A. "Lags and leaps: the dynamics of demography, Economy and Policy and their Implications for Life Course Research (In preparation)." The Handbook of the Life Course. Ed. M Shanahan, J Mortimer, and M Johnson. Springer.

O'Rand, AM. "Aging and the life course (In preparation)." Emerging Trends in the Behavioral and Social Sciences. Ed. RA Scott and SM Kosslyn. Wiley Online.


Henretta, JC, O'Rand, AM, and Chan, C. "Joint role investments and synchronization of retirement: a sequential approach to couples’ retirement timing." Social Forces 71 (1993): 981-1000.

O'Rand, AM, and Agree, E. "Kin reciprocities, the familial corporation and other moral economies: workplace, family and kin in the modern global context." Annual Review of Gerontology and Geriatrics 13 (1993): 75-95.

Henretta, JC, Chan, CG, and O'Rand, AM. "Retirement reason versus retirement process: examining the reasons for retirement typology." J Gerontol 47.1 (January 1992): S1-S7.

Henretta, JC, Chan, CG, and O'Rand, AM. "Retirement reason versus retirement process: examining the reasons for retirement typology." Journal of Gerontology 47 (1992): 51-57.

Brazy, JE, Eckerman, CO, Oehler, JM, Goldstein, RF, and O'Rand, AM. "Nursery Neurobiologic Risk Score: important factor in predicting outcome in very low birth weight infants." J Pediatr 118.5 (May 1991): 783-792.

Krecker, ML, and O'Rand, AM. "Contested milieux: Small firms, unionization, and the provision of protective structures." Sociological Forum 6.1 (March 1991): 93-117. Full Text

O'Rand, AM, and Krecker, ML. "Concepts of the ’life cycle’: their history, meanings, and uses in the social sciences." Annual Review of Sociology 16 (1990): 241-263.

Campbell, RT, and O'Rand, AM. "Settings and sequences: the heuristics of aging research." Ed. JE Birren and V Bengtson. Emergent Theories of Aging: Psychological and Social Perspectives on Time, Self and Society (1988): 58-82.

DeViney, S, and O'Rand, AM. "Gender-cohort succession and retirement among older men and women: 1951-1984." Sociological Quarterly (1988): 47-61.