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. “Aging and the life course.” In Emerging Trends in the Behavioral and Social Sciences, edited by R. A. Scott and S. M. Kosslyn. Wiley Online, n.d.

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.


Campbell, R. T., and A. M. O’Rand. “Settings and sequences: the heuristics of aging research..” Edited by J. E. Birren and V. Bengtson. Emergent Theories of Aging: Psychological and Social Perspectives on Time, Self and Society, 1988, 58–82.

DeViney, S., and A. M. O’Rand. “Gender-cohort succession and retirement among older men and women: 1951-1984..” Sociological Quarterly, 1988, 47–61.

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

O’rand, A. M., and V. M. Maclean. “Labor market, pension rule structure and retirement benefit promise for long-term employees.” Social Forces 65, no. 1 (January 1, 1986): 224–40. Full Text

O’Rand, A. M. “Knowledge form and scientific community: early experimental biology and the marine biological laboratory.” Edited by G. Bohme and N. Stehr. The Knowledge Society, Sociology of the Sciences Yearbook 10 (1986): 183–202.

O’Rand, A. M., and R. Landerman. “Women's and men's retirement income status. Early family role effects..” Research on Aging 6, no. 1 (March 1984): 25–44. Full Text

Velsor, Van, and A. M. O’Rand. “Family life cycle, work career patterns and women’s wages at midlife..” Journal of Marriage and the Family 46 (1984): 365–73.

O’Rand, A. M. “Loss of work role and subjective health assessment in later life among men and unmarried women..” Edited by A. Kerckhoff. Research in the Sociology of Education and Socialization 5 (1983): 265–86.

Henretta, J. C., and A. M. O’Rand. “Joint retirement in the dual worker family.” Social Forces 62 (1983): 504–20.