Glen Elder (sociologist)

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Glen Elder

Glen Holl Elder, Jr.

(1934-02-28) February 28, 1934 (age 87)
Nationality United States
Known forLife course theory
Academic background
EducationUniversity of North Carolina, Chapel Hill PhD, 1961
Academic work
InstitutionsUniversity of California, Berkeley 1962-1967

Cornell University 1979-1984

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill 1968-1977, 1984-present

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[1] 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.[2] The American Academy of Arts and Sciences admitted Glen H. Elder in 1988.[3] In 1993, he was honored with the Cooley-Mead Award by the Social Psychology Section of the American Sociological Association.[4] Elder was given honorary doctorates by the University of Bremen in 1999,[5] by the Pennsylvania State University in 2003[6] and by the Ohio State University in 2005.[7]


Elder was born on February 28, 1934 in Cleveland, Ohio. He received a bachelor’s of science from Pennsylvania State University, University Park in 1957, his Master's from Kent State University, Kent, Ohio and a PhD. in sociology and psychology from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in 1961.[8]


  • 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. ^ "Faculty Fellows — UNC Carolina Population Center". 2019-06-19. Retrieved 2019-06-19.
  2. ^ Elder, Glen (1974). Children of the Great Depression: Social Change in Life Experience. University of Chicago Press. ISBN 978-0226202624.
  3. ^ American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2010). Book of Members, 1780-2010. Cambridge, MA.
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ "Ehrendoktoren der Universität Bremen". University of Bremen. Archived from the original on 13 June 2011. Retrieved 10 March 2011.
  6. ^ "Penn State to present Elder, Kozol honorary degrees". Pennsylvania State University. Retrieved 10 March 2011.
  7. ^ "Five to be honored at Ohio State spring 2005 commencement". Ohio State University. Retrieved 10 March 2011.
  8. ^ "About - Glen H. Elder, Jr". 2019-06-19. Retrieved 2019-06-19.

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