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


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, 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, ANGELAM, and HENRETTA, JOHNC. "Women at Middle Age: Developmental Transitions." The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 464.1 (November 1982): 57-64. Full Text

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)