Deborah Carr

Professor, Department of Sociology
Boston University, Boston, MA

Dr. Carr is a Professor of Sociology within the Department of Sociology at Boston University. She earned her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1997.  Dr. Carr has held faculty positions at University of Michigan, University of Wisconsin, and most recently at Rutgers University, where she was acting director of the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy & Aging Research. Her research interests include aging and the life course, psychosocial factors influences on health over the life course, and end-of-life issues. Her latest book project, Golden Years: Social Inequalities in Later Life (under contract, Russell Sage) delves into the ways that persistent race, class, and gender inequalities shape experiences of old age in the United States.

One strand of her research focuses on how family roles and relationships affect health and well-being, with an emphasis on stressors like divorce, caregiving, and marital strain. This work has appeared in journals including Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences, Journal of Health and Social Behavior,  Journal of Marriage and Family, and several edited volumes. She co-authored a trade book on the ways that generational differences in women’s work and family roles shape mother-daughter relationships: Making Up with Mom: Why Mothers and Daughters Disagree about Kids, Careers, and Casseroles (and What to Do about it) (2008, St. Martin’s Press/Thomas Dunne). She explores linkages between stress and health in Worried Sick: How Stress Hurts Us and How to Bounce Back (2014, Rutgers University Press).

Discipline: Sociology
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