Angela M. O'Rand
Professor Emeritus of Sociology
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 thirty-three years I have examined workplace policies related to wage and benefit structures and the impact of workers' educational, work and family histories on wage and fringe benefit 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 midlife health risks, such as heart attack. This research has uncovered the persistent effects of childhood adversity on midlife 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.
O’Rand, A. M. “Social inequality..” In The Encyclopedia of Sociology, edited by E. F. Borgatta and M. L. Borgatta, 1850-1856. MacMillan, 1992.
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. “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. “Gender (p. 271); Sex Roles (pp. 604-606); Women: Their Changing Status (pp. 697-699); Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) (p. 24) and Employment Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) (pp. 205-206).” In The Encyclopedia of Aging, edited by G. L. Maddox. New York: Springer, 1987.
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.
O’Rand, A. M. “The precious and the precocious: understanding cumulative disadvantage and cumulative advantage over the life course..” The Gerontologist 36, no. 2 (April 1996): 230–38. https://doi.org/10.1093/geront/36.2.230. Full Text
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. https://doi.org/10.1177/0164027593152002. Full Text
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” 13 (1993): 75–95.
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. https://doi.org/10.1093/geronj/47.1.s1. 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.
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. https://doi.org/10.1007/BF01112729. 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.