Angela M. O'Rand

Angela M. O'Rand

Professor Emeritus of Sociology

External address: 
417 Chapel Hill Drive, Campus Box 90088, Durham, NC 27708
Internal office address: 
Box 90088, 417 Chapel Drive, Durham, NC 27708
(919) 660-5629


My major research interests focus on patterns of inequality across the life span, with a special interest in the temporal diversity of life transitions, their consequences for later life, and the impact of institutions on these transitions over time. Over forty years I have examined workplace policies related to wage and benefit structures and the impact of workers' educational, work and family histories on socioeconomic outcomes. The changing employment relationship and the re-organization of retirement institutions (especially pensions) have been a central concern of my research. Most recently, I have turned to the cumulative impact of economic adversity on mid- and later-life health risks, such as heart attack. This research has uncovered the persistent effects of childhood adversity on adult heart attack risk, especially among women. I am expanding this focus over the next few years to examine the more general question of "life course risks" and increased economic and social inequalities in life course trajectories of health and wealth (including the role of debt as a stressor).

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., Temple University 1974

O’Rand, A. M., J. C. Henretta, and M. L. Krecker. “Family pathways to retirement..” In Family Retirement, edited by M. Szinovacz, 81–98. Sage, 1992.

O’Rand, A. M. “Mathematizing social science in the 1950’s: the early development and diffusion of game theory in the social sciences..” In History of Political Economy, (Special Issue) 24:177–204, 1992.

O’Rand, A. M. “Stratification and the life course..” In The Handbook of Aging and the Social Sciences, edited by R. Binstock and L. K. George, 130–48. New York: Academic Press, 1990.

O’Rand, A. M. “Scientific thought style and the construction of gender inequality..” In Women and the Academy: Feminist Reconstruction of Knowledge, edited by J. O. Barr, 103–20. University of Wisconsin Press, 1989.

O’Rand, A. M. “Women.” In Handbook on the Aged in the U.S., edited by E. Palmore, 125–42. Greenwood Press, 1984.

O Rand, A. M. “Socioeconomic status and poverty.” In Research Instruments in Social Gerontology, edited by D. J. Mangen and W. A. Peterson, 2:281–341. University of Minnesota Press, 1982.

O’Rand, A. M., and J. C. Henretta. “Midlife work history and retirement income.” In Women’s Retirement: Policy Implications of Recent Research, edited by M. Szinovacz, 6:25–44. Sage Publications, 1982.

Mering, O. von, and A. M. Rand. “Illness and the organization of health care: a sociocultural perspective.” In Dimensions of Aging, Culture and Health, edited by C. L. Fry, 255–70. New Yorrk: J.F. Bergin Publishers, 1981.

O’Rand, A. M. “Theories of aging and inequality: new research directions.” In Handbook of Theories of Aging, edited by V. L. Bengtson and R. Settersten, n.d.


Henretta, J. C., A. M. O’rand, and C. G. Chan. “Gender Differences in Employment after Spouse's Retirement.” Research on Aging 15, no. 2 (January 1, 1993): 148–69. Full Text

Henretta, J. C., A. M. O’Rand, and C. Chan. “Joint role investments and synchronization of retirement: a sequential approach to couples’ retirement timing.” Social Forces 71 (1993): 981–1000.

O’Rand, A. M., and E. Agree. “Kin reciprocities, the familial corporation and other moral economies: workplace, family and kin in the modern global context.” Annual Review of Gerontology and Geriatrics 13 (1993): 75–95.

Henretta, J. C., C. G. Chan, and A. M. O’Rand. “Retirement reason versus retirement process: examining the reasons for retirement typology..” Journal of Gerontology 47, no. 1 (January 1992): S1–7. Full Text

Henretta, J. C., C. G. Chan, and A. M. O’Rand. “Retirement reason versus retirement process: examining the reasons for retirement typology..” Journal of Gerontology 47 (1992): 51–57.

Brazy, J. E., C. O. Eckerman, J. M. Oehler, R. F. Goldstein, and A. M. O’Rand. “Nursery Neurobiologic Risk Score: important factor in predicting outcome in very low birth weight infants..” J Pediatr 118, no. 5 (May 1991): 783–92. Full Text

Krecker, M. L., and A. M. O’Rand. “Contested milieux: Small firms, unionization, and the provision of protective structures.” Sociological Forum 6, no. 1 (March 1, 1991): 93–117. Full Text

O’Rand, A. M., and M. L. Krecker. “Concepts of the ’life cycle’: their history, meanings, and uses in the social sciences..” Annual Review of Sociology 16 (1990): 241–63.

DeViney, S., and A. M. O’Rand. “GENDER‐COHORT SUCCESSION AND RETIREMENT AMONG OLDER MEN AND WOMEN, 1951 TO 1984.” Sociological Quarterly 29, no. 4 (January 1, 1988): 525–40. Full Text