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., and J. C. Henretta. “Delayed career entry, industrial pension structure and early retirement in a cohort of unmarried women..” American Sociological Review 47 (June 1982): 365–73.

O’Rand, A. M., and J. C. Henretta. “Women at Middle Age: Developmental Transitions.” The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 464, no. 1 (January 1, 1982): 57–64. Full Text

Henretta, J. C., and A. M. O’Rand. “Labor-force participation of older married women..” Social Security Bulletin 43, no. 8 (August 1980): 10–16.

O Rand, A. M., and R. A. Ellis. “Social class and social time perspective..” Social Forces 53 (September 1974): 53–62.