Madonna Harrington Meyer
University Professor, Sociology
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, gender, life course
SOC/WGS 305 Sociology of Sex and Gender, Online (Maymester)
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
“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 with Disabilities. Madonna Harrington Meyer and Ynesse Abdul Malak, (2020). New York, NY: Springer Publications.
Gerontology: Changes, Challenges, and Solutions. Madonna Harrington Meyer and 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 (2007). New York, NY: Russell Sage Foundation. *Winner, GSA Kalish Book Award, 2008.
Care Work: Gender, Labor, and the Welfare State. Madonna Harrington Meyer, editor, (2000). New York, NY: Routledge Press.
Areas of Specialization
Social Policy, Aging, Gender, Life Course
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.