Rachel Margolis

I'm an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Western Ontario (aka Western University, Canada). My office is in Social Science Centre #5326 in London, Ontario. I did my PhD in Demography and Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania, MSc in Population and Development at LSE, and BA in Government at Cornell University.

Email: rachel <dot> margolis <at> uwo.ca

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A link to my current CV is: here.


I am on sabbatical July 2019 to June 2020, and will not be teaching any courses this year. Note that Sociology 2180 will not be offered 2019-2020.

I will be giving three talks during January-February 2019: At the Canadian Centre for Health Economics at the University of Toronto on Jan 18th, the London Public Library on January 31, and the Center for Family and Demographic Research at Bowling Green State University on February 20th. (January 2019)

How have two recent policy extensions of parental leave in Canada affected the use and sharing of benefits in Canada differently by family income? Read our new paper which is forthcoming in the Journal of Marriage and Family, now available online: "The Use of Parental Benefits by Family Income in Canada: Two Policy Changes" (November 2018). You can read an interview with me about the paper by clicking here. (January 2019)

Our paper, "Kinlessness Around the World" is now available online in: The Journals of Gerontology Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences! (November 2018)

New working paper with Sarah Patterson is available now on SocArXiv "Gender Differences in Multigenerational Caregiving Across the Life Course in Europe." (June 2018)

You can read about my research on Healthy Grandparenthood with Laura Wright in this new N-IUSSP publication here. (April 2018)

I am honored to have been selected as a Faculty Scholar for 2018-2020. To read the news story, click here. (April 2018)

My work on projected increases in kinlessness with Ashton Verdery was recently featured by the U.S. Senate's Joint Economic Committee's Social Capital Project. Click here to read the write-up. (January 2018)

CTV covered our research "Healthy Grandparenthood" (with Laura Wright) and the paper is now available in the December 2017 issue of Demography. You can read the story or watch the clip here. (October 2017)

The number of older adults without close kin is expected to rise 2015-2060. You can read my paper with Ashton Verdery in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences here, and read a report in Bloomberg news here or the Western news here. (October 2017)

The Vanier Institute of the Family published a report I wrote about the Health of Canadian grandparents. Read it here, or read the story about it by Radio Canada International here. (September 2017)

Census 2016 finds that one person households are the most common household type in Canada for the first time. Read my comments and learn more about this in the London Free Press here and on CBC London on August 3rd. (August 2017)

Our research project "Family Dynamics Surrounding Parental Leave in Canada: New Insights from Administrative Data" was just funded by a SSHRC Insight Development Grant 2017-19 (with Mike Haan and Feng Hou) (June 2017).

Our article, Older Adults without Close Kin in the United States (Margolis & Verdery) is now available online in JGSS. Click here for the link - it's open access!

We are hiring a postdoc for 2 years to work on our project Care, Retirement and Well-being of Older People Across Welfare Regimes, and this person will be based at Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona on Bruno Arpino's team. To see more info about this position, click here and here (May 2017).

Ashton Verdery and I won a poster award at PAA 2017 for our project "Aging Alone? Older Adults without Close Kin in the United States" (April 2017). Some of the results highlighted here are going to be published soon in a brief report in JGSS.

My grant "Aging Alone? Older Adults without Close Kin" was just funded by a SSHRC Insight Grant 2017-2021 (April 2017).

Penn State wrote up a research brief about my paper with JD Daw and Laura Wright, forthcoming in the June issue of Journal of Health and Social Behavior, "Emerging Adulthood, Emergent Health Lifestyles: Socio-demographic Determinants of Trajectories of Smoking, Binge Drinking, Obesity, and Sedentary Behavior". Read it here! (April 2017)

My team's new project, Care, Retirement and Well-being of Older People Across Welfare Regimes, was recently funded by the Joint Programming Initiative "More Years, Better Lives". My Canadian portion is funded by SSHRC and CIHR. Here is an announcement about the project and here is our website.

My research with Natalie Iciaszczyk about the Changing Health of Grandparents has been highlighted on a website, The Grandparent Effect. See the story here. (August 2016)