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 forty years I have examined workplace policies related to wage and benefit structures and the impact of workers' educational, work and family histories on socioeconomic 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 mid- and later-life health risks, such as heart attack. This research has uncovered the persistent effects of childhood adversity on adult 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 in life course trajectories of health and wealth (including the role of debt as a stressor).

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., Temple University 1974

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.


DeViney, S, and O'Rand, AM. "GENDER‐COHORT SUCCESSION AND RETIREMENT AMONG OLDER MEN AND WOMEN, 1951 TO 1984." Sociological Quarterly 29.4 (January 1, 1988): 525-540. Full Text

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.

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.