Madonna Harrington Meyer

Professor, Sociology


Madonna Harrington Meyer is a Professor of Sociology and a Senior Research Associate at the Center for Policy Research. She is Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Professor of Teaching Excellence, as well as Faculty Affiliate at the Aging Studies Institute. Madonna 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). Madonna is author of Grandmothers at Work: Juggling Families and Jobs (2014), and co-author of Market Friendly or Family Friendly? The State and Gender Inequality in Old Age (2007), both of which won the Gerontological Society of America’s Kalish Book Award. She is editor of Care Work: Gender, Labor, and the Welfare State (2000), and co-editor, with Jennifer Karas Montez, of the Baywood Society and Aging Series. 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.

Professor Harrington Meyer received her master's degree in sociology at the University of Minnesota in 1987, and her Ph.D. in sociology from Florida State University in 1991.

 Selected Publications

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

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

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

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

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

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