Christine A. Mair
, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Sociology
Doctoral Program in Gerontology
Department of Sociology and Anthropology
University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC)



2011-Present    Assistant Professor of Sociology, UMBC
2011-Present    Core Affiliate Faculty, Doctoral Program in Gerontology, UMBC/UMB
2012-Present    Secondary Appointment, Dept. of Epidemiology & Public Health, UMB



My research focuses on documenting contextual differences in expectations and receipt of social ties in order to better utilize the social environment to promote health for diverse, aging populations in the US and cross-nationally. Specifically, I examine how the relationship between the social environment and well-being varies by race/ethnicity, national culture and economics, gender, and spatial location (rural versus urban areas, neighborhood characteristics, etc.). Although a majority of my work focuses on older adult populations, I am also interested in how these factors accumulate across the life course to produce disparities in well-being.


  Refereed Articles

Mair, Christine A., Feinian Chen, Guangya Liu, and Jonathan R. Brauer. (Forthcoming). “Who in the World Cares? Gender Gaps in Attitudes toward Support for Older Adults in 20 Nations.” Social Forces.

Ornstein, Katherine A., M.D. Aldridge, Christine A. Mair, R. Gorges, A.S. Siu, and A.S. Kelley. (Forthcoming). “Spousal Characteristics and Older Adults’ Hospice Use: Understanding Disparities in End of Life Care.” Journal of Palliative Medicine.

Mair, Christine A., Ana R. Quiñones, Maha Pasha. (Forthcoming). "Care Preferences among Middle Aged and Older Adults with Chronic Disease in Europe: Individual Healthcare Needs and National Healthcare Infrastructure." The Gerontologist.

Chen, Feinian, Christine A. Mair, Luoman Bao, and Yang Yang. (2015). "Race/Ethnic Differentials in the Health Consequences of Caring for Grandchildren for Grandparents." Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences 70(5):793-803.

McDonald, Steve, Feinian Chen, and Christine A. Mair. (2015). “Cross-National Patterns of Social Capital Accumulation: Network Resources and Aging in China, Taiwan, and the United States.” American Behavioral Scientist 59(8):914-930.

Calvo, Esteban, Christine A. Mair, and Natalia Sarkisian. (2015). “Individual Troubles, Shared Troubles: The Multiplicative Effect of Individual and Country-level Unemployment on Life Satisfaction in 95 Nations (1981-2009).” Social Forces 93(4):1625-1653.

Onukwugha, Eberechukwu, Phillip Osteen, Jinani Jayasekera, C. Daniel Mullins, Christine A. Mair, and Arif Hussain. (2014). “Race Disparities In Urologist Visits among Elderly Men with Prostate Cancer: An Analysis of Patient- and County-Level Factors.” Cancer 120(21): 3385-3392.

Mair, Christine A. (2013). "Older Adults’ Family Network Ties and Health in National Context: A Multilevel Examination of Familism and Public Pensions in 14 European Nations." Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences 68(6):974-983.

Liu, Guangya, Matthew E. Dupre, Danan Gu, Christine A. Mair, and Feinian Chen. (2012). “Psychology Well-Being of the Institutionalized & Community-Residing Oldest Old in China: The Role of Children.” Social Science & Medicine 75(10):1874-1882.

Hunt, Andrea N., Christine A. Mair, and Maxine P. Atkinson. (2012). "Teaching Community Networks: A Case Study of Informal Social Support and Information Sharing among Sociology Graduate Students." Teaching Sociology 40(3):198-214.

Chen, Feinian, Guangya Liu, and Christine A. Mair. (2012). “Intergenerational Ties in Context: Grandparents Caring for Grandchildren in China.” Social Forces 90(2):571-59

Mair, Christine A., Malcolm P. Cutchin, and M. Kristen Peek. (2011) “Allostatic Load in an Environmental Riskscape: The Role of Stressors and Gender.” Health & Place 17(4):978-987.

Cutchin, Malcolm P., Karl Eschbach, Christine A. Mair, and James S. Goodwin. (2011). “The Socio-spatial Neighborhood Estimation Method: An Approach to Operationalizing the Neighborhood Concept.” Health & Place 17(5):1113-1121.

Mair, Christine A. (2010). “Social Ties and Depression: An Intersectional Examination of Black and White Community-Dwelling Older Adults.” Journal of Applied Gerontology 29(6):667-696.

Mair, Christine A. and R.V. Thivierge-Rikard. (2010). “The Strength of Strong Ties for Older Rural Adults: Regional Distinctions in the Relationship between Social Ties and Subjective Well-Being.” The International Journal of Aging & Human Development 20(2):119-143.

McDonald, Steve and Christine A. Mair. (2010). “Social Capital and the Life Course: Age and Gendered Patterns of Network Resources.” Sociological Forum 25(2):335-359.

Edited Book Chapters

Mair, Christine A. (2013). “European Older Adults’ Social Activity Networks in National Context: A Cross-National Exploration of National Culture, Policy, and Economic Characteristics.” Aging in European Societies (C. Phellas, Ed.). New York, NY: Springer.

Other Publications

Mair, Christine A. (2013). Book Review, Valuing Care Work: Comparative Perspectives (C. Benoit and H. Hallgrímsdóttir, Eds.). International Journal of Comparative Sociology 54(1): 78-80.

Fitzgerald, Kelly G. and Christine A. Mair. (2012) “Making the World Age-Friendly: One City at a Time.” Regional Health Forum: WHO South-East Asia Region, Special Issue on Ageing and Health 16(1):17-22.

Mair, Christine A. (2009) Book Review, Rural Retirement Migration, edited by D. L. Brown and N. Glasgow. Rural Sociology 74(3): 463-466.

Mair, Christine A. and Feinian Chen. (2008) “Correlation versus Causation.” Encyclopedia of the Life Course and Human Development (D. Carr, Ed.). Farmingham Hills, MI: Gale