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Madonna Harrington Meyer

University Professor, Professor of Sociology, Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Professor of Teaching Excellence

Madonna Harrington Meyer is a University Professor and professor of sociology in the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. Meyer is also the Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Professor of Teaching Excellence.

Professor Meyer serves as a senior research associate at the Center for Policy Research and as a faculty affiliate in both the Aging Studies Institute and the Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion. She studies social policy at the intersection of aging, gender and life course.

Meyer is co-author of Grandparenting Children with Disabilities (2020) and co-editor of Grandparenting in the United States (2016), both with Ynesse Abdul-Malak. In 2007 she co-authored Market Friendly or Family Friendly? The State and Gender Inequality in Old Age, which won the Gerontological Society of America’s Kalish Book Award. In 2016 she was named winner of the American Sociological Association (ASA) Section on Aging and the Life Course (SALC) Matilda White Riley Distinguished Scholar Award.

Meyer has published over 50 scholarly articles and her work appears in leading journals including American Sociological Review, Journal of Health and Social Behavior, Gender & Society, and Social Problems. Her research has been reported in the media including New York Times, NPR, US News and World Report, Boston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle, Christian Science Monitor, and LA Times.

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