Madonna Harrington Meyer

Professor, Sociology at Syracuse University


  • Syracuse University



Syracuse University

Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Professor for Teaching Excellence
Faculty Affiliate, Aging Studies Institute
Aging Studies Institute
Senior Research Associate, Center for Policy Research


Ph.D., Florida State University, 1991


Social Policy, Aging, Gender, Life Course


Fall 2018

SOC 102.005 Social Problems, TuTh 9:30-10:50, Newhouse 1 409
SOC 102.001 Social Problems, TuTh 12:30-1:50, Crouse-Hinds 101


Madonna Harrington Meyer is the Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Professor of Teaching Excellence, and Faculty Affiliate at the Aging Studies Institute. Madonna is co-editor, with Ynesse Abdul-Malak, of Grandparenting in the United States (2016). She is co-editor with Elizabeth Daniele of Gerontology: Changes, Challenges, and Solutions (2016). Madonna is author of Grandmothers at Work: Juggling Families and Jobs (2014), and co-author of Market Friendly or Family Friendly? The State and Gender Inequality in Old Age (2007), both of which won the Gerontological Society of America’s Kalish Book Award. She is editor of Care Work: Gender, Labor, and the Welfare State (2000), and co-editor, with Jennifer Karas Montez, of the Baywood Society and Aging Series. 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. Full Biography


Selected Papers

Research Interests

Areas of Specialization

Social Policy, Aging, Gender, Life Course

Current Research


Care Work

Older Women and Social Security

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