Glen Elder (sociologist)

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Glen Elder

Glen Holl Elder, Jr.

(1934-02-28) February 28, 1934 (age 84)
Nationality United States
Known forLife course theory
Academic work

Glen Holl Elder, Jr., (28 February 1934 in Cleveland, Ohio) is the Howard W. Odum Research Professor of Sociology (emeritus), a research professor of Psychology and a current professor at the Carolina Population Center all at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His research interests are in social psychology, sociology, demographics and life course research. Elder's major work was Children of the Great Depression: Social Change in Life Experience, in 1974[1]. The American Academy of Arts and Sciences admitted Glen H. Elder in 1988.[2] In 1993, he was honoured with the Cooley-Mead Award by the Social Psychology Section of the American Sociological Association.[3] Elder was given honorary doctorates by the University of Bremen in 1999,[4] by the Pennsylvania State University in 2003[5] and by the Ohio State University in 2005.[6]


  • Giele, J.Z. and Elder, G.H., Jr. (eds.) (1998) Methods of life course research. Qualitative and quantitative approaches. Thousand Oaks: Sage.
  • Elder, G.H. (1999) Children of the great depression. Social change in life experience. 25. anniversary print, Boulder: Westview Press.
  • Elder, G.H., Conger, R.D. and Park, R.D. (2000) Children of the land. Adversity and success in rural America. Chicago: Univ. of Chicago Press.


  1. ^ Elder, Glen (1974). Children of the Great Depression: Social Change in Life Experience. University of Chicago Press. ISBN 978-0226202624.
  2. ^ American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2010). Book of Members, 1780-2010. Cambridge, MA.
  3. ^ Corsaro, William A. (1994). "Introduction of Glen H. Elder Jr. for the Cooley-Mead Award". Social Psychology Quarterly. 57 (1): 1–3. doi:10.2307/2786970. JSTOR 2786970.
  4. ^ "Ehrendoktoren der Universität Bremen". University of Bremen. Archived from the original on 13 June 2011. Retrieved 10 March 2011.
  5. ^ "Penn State to present Elder, Kozol honorary degrees". Pennsylvania State University. Retrieved 10 March 2011.
  6. ^ "Five to be honored at Ohio State spring 2005 commencement". Ohio State University. Retrieved 10 March 2011.

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