Madonna Harrington Meyer

University Professor, Sociology

Madonna Harrington Meyer

Contact Information

426 Eggers Hall
(315) 443-3114
Office Hours:
Tu 2:30-3:30 &
By Appointment

Staff Support
Emily Minnoe
(315) 443-3114

Curriculum Vitae
Madonna Harrington Meyer CV

Meredith Professor of Teaching Excellence, Sociology
Faculty Research Affiliate, Lerner Center
Faculty Affiliate, Aging Studies Institute
Aging Studies Institute
Senior Research Associate, Center for Policy Research


Ph.D., Florida State University, 1991


Social policy, aging and the life course, family policies


Spring 2022

SOC 102.001 Social Problems, TuTh 9:30-10:50, 032 Eggers Hall
SOC 300.008 U.S Social Policy & Citizenship, TuTh 12:30-1:50, Maxwell 303


Madonna Harrington Meyer is University Professor at Syracuse University.  She is professor of sociology at the Maxwell School of Public Affairs and Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Professor of Teaching Excellence.  She is senior research associate at the Center for Policy Research, faculty affiliate at the Aging Studies Institute, and Faculty Research Affiliate at the Lerner Center.  She is co-author, with Ynesse Abdul-Malak, of Grandparenting Children with Disabilities (2020). She is co-editor, with Ynesse Abdul-Malak of Grandparenting in the United States (2016).  She is co-editor with Elizabeth Daniele of Gerontology: Changes, Challenges, and Solutions (2016).  She is  author of Grandmothers at Work: Juggling Families and Jobs (2014), winner of the Gerontological Society of America’s Kalish Book Award.  She is co-author with Pamela Herd of Market Friendly or Family Friendly? The State and Gender Inequality in Old Age (2007), which also won the Gerontological Society of America’s Kalish Book Award.   She is editor of Care Work: Gender, Labor, and the Welfare State (2000).  She has published over 50 scholarly articles; her work appears in leading journals including American Sociological Review, Journal of Health and Social Behavior, Gender & Society, and Social Problems. Her research has been reported in the media including New York Times, NPR, US News and World Report, Boston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle, Christian Science Monitor, and LA Times.  In 2016 she was named winner of the American Sociological Association (ASA) Section on Aging and the Life Course (SALC) Matilda White Riley Distinguished Scholar Award. Full Biography


Selected Papers

“Policy Challenges for Grandparents Caring for Grandchildren with Disabilities.” Harrington Meyer, Madonna and Ynesse Abdul-Malak, (2020), Journal of Elder Policy, 1(1):97-120.


GrandParenting Children Disabilities

 Grandparenting Children with DisabilitiesMadonna Harrington Meyer and Ynesse Abdul Malak, (2020). New York, NY: Springer Publications.

Gerontology Changes

 Gerontology: Changes, Challenges, and SolutionsMadonna Harrington Meyer and Elizabeth A. Daniele, (2016), (Editors). Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger Publishing. 

Grandparenting In USA

 Grandparenting in the United States. Madonna Harrington Meyer and Ynesse Abdul-Malak, (2016), (Editors). Amityville, NY: Baywood Press. 

Grand Mothers At Work

 Grandmothers at Work: Juggling Families and Jobs. Madonna Harrington Meyer, (2014). New York, NY: NYU Press. *Winner, GSA Kalish Book Award, 2014.

Market Friendly

 Market Friendly or Family Friendly? The State and Gender Inequality in Old Age. Madonna Harrington Meyer and Pamela Herd (2007). New York, NY: Russell Sage Foundation.  *Winner, GSA Kalish Book Award, 2008. 

Care Work

 Care Work: Gender, Labor, and the Welfare State. Madonna Harrington Meyer, editor, (2000). New York, NY: Routledge Press. 


Research Interests

Areas of Specialization

Social Policy, Aging, Gender, Life Course

Current Research


Care Work

Older Women and Social Security

Research Grants and Awards

Principle Investigator. "Hunger SNAPS: Food Insecurity Among Older Adults." Funded by Russell Sage Foundation. 2020-2022.