The sociology department welcomes Dr. Sarah E. Patterson, post-doctoral fellow. Dr. Patterson completed her PhD at The Pennsylvania State University in Sociology and Demography earlier this year. Her PhD research explores adult children helping parents. Her current research topics include caregiving across the US, Canada and Europe, and ‘kinlessness’ and welfare state policy. She has published in journals including Gender & Society, Social Science Research, and Journal of Marriage and Family. At Western, Sarah Patterson will spend the next two years working with Dr. Rachel Margolis on the project “Care, Retirement and Well-being of Older People across Difference Welfare Regimes” (CIHR / SSHRC).