Angela M. O'Rand
Professor Emeritus of Sociology
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.
O'Rand, AM. "Convergence, institutionalization, and bifurcation: gender and the pension acquisition process." Annu Rev Gerontol Geriatr 8 (1988): 132-155. (Review)
O'Rand, AM, and MacLean, VM. "Labor Market, Pension Rule Structure and Retirement Benefit Promise for Long-Term Employees." Social Forces 65.1 (September 1, 1986): 224-240. Full Text
O'Rand, AM. "Knowledge form and scientific community: early experimental biology and the marine biological laboratory." Ed. G Bohme and N Stehr. The Knowledge Society, Sociology of the Sciences Yearbook 10 (1986): 183-202.
O'Rand, AM. "The hidden payroll: Employee benefits and the structure of workplace inequality." Sociological Forum 1.4 (1986): 657-683. Full Text
O'Rand, AM, and Landerman, R. "Women's and men's retirement income status. Early family role effects." Res Aging 6.1 (March 1984): 25-44. Full Text
Velsor, V, and O'Rand, AM. "Family life cycle, work career patterns and women’s wages at midlife." Journal of Marriage and the Family 46 (1984): 365-373.
O'Rand, AM. "Loss of work role and subjective health assessment in later life among men and unmarried women." Ed. A Kerckhoff. Research in the Sociology of Education and Socialization 5 (1983): 265-286.
Henretta, JC, and O'Rand, AM. "Joint retirement in the dual worker family." Social Forces 62 (1983): 504-520.
O Rand, AM, and Henretta, JC. "Delayed career entry, industrial pension structure and early retirement in a cohort of unmarried women." American Sociological Review 47 (June 1982): 365-373. (Academic Article)