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Madonna Harrington Meyer Reappointed as University Professor

May 15, 2023

SU News

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Madonna Harrington Meyer

In recognition of exceptional scholarship and innovative academic and professional activities, Madonna Harrington Meyer and J. Michael Haynie have been reappointed to four-year terms as University Professors, one of the highest honors the University bestows on faculty members. In making the announcement, Gretchen Ritter, vice chancellor, provost and chief academic officer, says the reappointments are a testament to the fact that both Harrington Meyer and Haynie continue to make unique, valuable and profound contributions to the intellectual life of the University through interdisciplinary endeavors and research in critical areas of societal concern.

Harrington Meyer is a Laura J. and Douglas L. Meredith Professor of Teaching Excellence and a faculty member in the sociology department in the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. She studies how public policy shapes people’s everyday lives and how sociodemographic variables such as gender, race, class and disability can create variances in life experiences.

She also serves as a senior research associate at both the Center for Policy Research and the Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion and Population Health. Additionally, Harrington Meyer is a faculty affiliate at the Aging Studies Institute and a research affiliate at the Center for Aging and Policy Studies. She is a fellow of the Gerontological Society of America, the society’s highest ranking, and was presented the Matilda White Riley Distinguished Scholar Award by the American Sociological Association Section on Aging and the Life Course.

Harrington Meyer has authored, co-authored and co-edited several critically acclaimed books on grandparenting, care work, gerontology challenges and gender inequality in old age. They include “Grandparenting Children with Disabilities” (2020), “Grandparenting in the United States” (2016) and “Gerontology: Changes, Challenges, and Solutions” (2016). Two other books were named winners of the Gerontological Society of America’s Kalish Book Award: “Grandmothers at Work: Juggling Families and Jobs” (2014) and “Market Friendly or Family Friendly? The State and Gender Inequality in Old Age” (2007). 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 New York Times, NPR, U.S. News & World Report, The Boston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle, Christian Science Monitor and Los Angeles Times.

“Madonna constantly finds new areas to focus on and explore through her scholarship in sociology,” says Ritter. “Her unique way of identifying and framing social questions has produced important findings about major cultural shifts in society. Her dynamic work has greatly contributed to our understanding of the complex family dynamics of the 21st century.”

Read the full story, and more about Mike Haynie, via the SU News website.

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