Rachel Margolis, Associate Professor
Ph.D. Demography and Sociology, University of Pennsylvania, 2011
M.A. Demography, University of Pennsylvania, 2007
M.Sc. LSE, Population and Development, London School of Economics, 2005
B.A. Government, Cornell University, 2004
Dr. Margolis' research addresses how family dynamics shape population change in developed countries. She works in the following areas: demography, fertility and family change, population aging, population health and well-being, and medical sociology.
Her current research topics include:
(1) The changing demography of grandparenthood and kinship structures in aging societies
(2) Fertility dynamics in the context of low and late fertility
(3) Health behavior changes and trajectories and their implications for population health
(2019) "Capturing trends in Canadian divorce in an era without vital statistics" (with Youjin Choi, Feng Hou, and Michael Haan) Demographic Research 41(52): 1453-1478.
(2019) "Demographic change and aging without family: a global perspective" (with Ashton M. Verdery) N-IUSSP Dec. 9, 2019.
(2019) "No Spouse, No Son, No Daughter, No Kin in Contemporary China: Prevalence, Correlates and Differences in Economic Support" (with Zhangjun Zhou and Ashton M. Verdery) Journals of Gerontology. Series B: Psychological Sciences & Social Sciences 74(8): 1453-1462.
(2019) "The Demography of Multigenerational Caregiving: A Critical Aspect of the Gendered Life Course" (with Sarah E. Patterson) Socius 5: 1-19.
(2019) "A Cohort Perspective on the Demography of Grandparenthood: Past, Present, and Future Changes in Race and Sex Disparities in the United States" (with Ashton M. Verdery) Demography 56(4): 1495-1518.
(2019) "Self-Rated Health by Sexual Orientation Among Middle-Aged and Older Adults in Canada" (with Gajan Sivakumaran) Journals of Gerontology. Series B: Psychological Sciences & Social Sciences gbz067.
(2019) "Births that are Later-than Desired: Correlates and Consequences" (with Caroline Sten Hartnett) Population Research and Policy Review 38: 483.
(2019) "Use of Parental Benefits by Family Income in Canada: Two Policy Changes" (with Michael Haan, Feng Hou and Anders Holm) Journal of Marriage and Family 81: 450-467.
(2018) "Kinlessness Around the World" (with Ashton M. Verdery, Zhangjun Zhou, Xiangnan Chai, and Jongjit Rittirong) Journals of Gerontology. Series B: Psychological Sciences & Social Sciences 74(8): 1394-1405.
(2018) "Healthy grandparenthood: how long is it, and how has it changed?" (with Laura Wright) N-IUSSP Apr. 9, 2018.
(2018) "Educational Attainment, Gender, and Health Behavior Changes after a Gateway Diagnosis" (with Elaine Hernandez and Robert Hummer) Journal of Aging and Health 30(3): 342-364`.
(2017) "Older Adults with Three Generations of Kin: Prevalence, Correlates and Transfers" (with Laura Wright) Journals of Gerontology. Series B: Psychological Sciences & Social Sciences 72(6):1067-1072.
(2017) "Healthy Grandparenthood: How long is it and how is it changing?" (with Laura Wright) Demography 54(60): 2073-2099.
(2017) "Projections of white and black older adults without living kin in the United States, 2015-2060" (with Ashton M. Verdery) Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 114(42): 11109-11114.
(2017) "Older Adults without Close Kin in the United States" (with Ashton M. Verdery) Journals of Gerontology. Series B: Psychological Sciences & Social Sciences 72(4): 688-693.
(2017) "Emerging Adulthood, Emergent Health Lifestyles: Sociodemographic Determinants of Trajectories of Smoking, Binge Drinking, Obesity and Sedentary Behavior" (with Jonathan Daw and Laura Wright) Journal of Health and Social Behavior 58(2): 181-197.
(2016) "Children’s Sex and the Happiness of Parents" (with Mikko Myrskylä) European Journal of Population 32(3): 403-420.
(2016) "Kin Count(s): Educational and Racial Differences in Extended Kin Counts in the United States" (with Jonathan Daw and Ashton M. Verdery) Population and Development Review 42(3): 491-517.
(2016) "The Changing Demography of Grandparenthood" Journal of Marriage and Family 78(3): 610-622.
(2016) "Better Off Alone Than With a Smoker: The Influence of Partner’s Smoking Behavior in Later Life" (with Laura Wright) Journals of Gerontology. Series B: Psychological Sciences & Social Sciences 71(4):687-697.
(2015) "The Changing Health of Canadian Grandparents" (with Natalie Iciaszczyk) Canadian Studies in Population 42(3-4): 63-76.
(2015) "Parental Well-being Surrounding First Birth as a Determinant of Further Parity Progression" (with Mikko Myrskylä) Demography 52(4): 1147-1166.
(2015) "Siblings, Friends, Course-mates, Club-mates: How Adolescent Health Behavior Homophily Varies by Race, Class, Gender, and Health Status" (with Daw Jonathan and Ashton M. Verdery) Social Science & Medicine 125:32-39.
On Sabbatical for the 2019-2020 Academic Year
Postdoctoral Fellows Supervised
Sarah E. Patterson (2017-2019)
Youjin Choi (2018-2020)
PhD Students Supervised
Xiangnan Chai (2019)
Laura Wright (2015)
MA Students Supervised
Annie Gong (2013)
Scott Mandich (2015)
Sasha Koba (2015)
Bryce Stoliker (2016)
Natalie Iciaszczyk (2016)
Gajan Sivakumaran (2018)
Katha Aathavan (2019)
Haemi Chung (2019)