Graduate Research

Our graduate students are quite active researchers. Below is a selection of recent external funding they have received and peer-reviewed journal articles.

External Funding


Siyun Peng. RAND Summer Institute on Aging.


Joey Marshall. National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles


Chaudhuri, Soma, Preethi Krishnan, and Mangala Subramanium (equal co-authors). forthcoming. "Mainstreaming Gender, Endangered, Ungendered? Analysis of Media Reports of the 2012 Case of Rape in India." Advances in Gender Research.

Park, Soon Seok, and Rachel L. Einwohner. forthcoming. "Becoming a Movement Society? Patterns in the Public Acceptance of Protest, 1985-2006." Sociological Focus.

Suitor, J. Jill, Megan Gilligan, Marissa Rurka, Siyun Peng, Jordan Meyer, and Karl Pillemer. forthcoming. "Accuracy of Adult Children’s Perceptions of Mothers' Caregiver Preferences." The Gerontologist.

Suitor, J Jill, Megan Gilligan, Marissa Rurka, Gulcin Con, Siyun Peng, and Karl Pillemer. forthcoming. "Conflict with Mothers and Siblings during Caregiving: Differential Costs for Black and White Adult Children." Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences.

Williams, Monica M., Blakelee R. Kemp, Kenneth F. Ferraro, and Sarah A. Mustillo. forthcoming. "Avoiding the Major Causes of Death: Does Childhood Misfortune Reduce the Likelihood of Being Disease Free in Later Life?” Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences.


Light, Michael T. and Joey Marshall. 2018. "On the Weak Mortality Returns of the Prison Boom: Comparing Infant Mortality and Homicide in the Incarceration Ledger" Journal of Health and Social Behavior 59:3-19.

Lu, Jun and Qin Gao. 2018. "Contesting Chineseness: An Examination of Religion and National Identity in Mainland China." Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 57:318-340.

Nam, Young Eun. 2018. "The Power Structure in the Perpetuation of Female Genital Cutting in Kenya." Asian Journal of Women's Studies 24:128-139.

Peng, Siyun, J. Jill Suitor, and Megan Gilligan. 2018. "The Long Arm of Maternal Differential Treatment: Effects of Recalled and Current Favoritism on Adult Children’s Psychological Well-being." Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences 73:1123–1132.


Ferraro, Kenneth F., Blakelee R. Kemp, and Monica M. Williams. 2017. "Diverse Aging and Health Inequality by Race and Ethnicity." Innovation in Aging 1:1-11.

Gilligan, Megan, J. Jill Suitor, Sangbo Nam, Brianna N. Routh, Marissa Rurka, and Gulcin Con. 2017. "Family Networks and Psychological Well-Being in Midlife." Social Sciences 6:94.

Gilligan, Megan, J. Jill Suitor, Marissa Rurka, Gulcin Con, and Karl Pillemer. 2017. "Adult Children’s Serious Health Conditions and the Flow of Support between the Generations." The Gerontologist 57:179-190.

Lu, Jun and Qin Gao. 2017. "Faith and Happiness in China: Roles of Religious Identity, Beliefs, and Practice." Social Indicators Research 132:273-290.

Palmer, Zachary D. and Rachel Kraus. 2017. "'Live in Israel. Live the Dream:' Identity, Belonging, and Contemporary American Jewish Migration to Israel." Sociological Focus 50:228-243.

Park, Soon Seok, and Andrew Raridon. 2017. "Survivor: Spectators and Gladiators in the US Environmental Movement, 2000-2010." Social Movement Studies 16:721-734.

Park, Soon Seok. 2017. "Gendered Representation and Critical Mass: Women’s Legislative Representation and Social Spending in 22 OECD Countries." Sociological Perspectives 60:1097-1114.

Pillemer, Karl, Catherine Riffin, J. Jill Suitor, Siyun Peng, and M. Cary Reid. 2017. "The Impact of Older Parents’ Pain Symptoms on Adult Children." Pain Medicine 18:2316–2324.

Suitor, J. Jill, Megan Gilligan, Siyun Peng, Jong Hyun Jung, and Karl Pillemer. 2017. "Role of Perceived Maternal Favoritism and Disfavoritism in Adult Children’s Psychological Well-being." Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences 72:1054–1066.

Xie, Ying, Yunping Tong, and Fenggang Yang. 2017. "Does Ideological Education in China Suppress Trust in Religion and Foster Trust in Government?" Religions 8:94.


Shura, Robin, Elle Rochford, and Brian K. Gran. 2016. "Daughters and Sons for Sale? The Blurred Boundary between Intercountry Adoption and Sale of Children." Journal of Sociology and Social Policy 36:319-334.

Subramaniam, Mangala and Preethi Krishnan. 2016. "Stranded between the Law, Family, and Society: Women in Domestic Violence and Rulings of India’s Supreme Court." Current Sociology 64:603-619.

Suitor, J. Jill, Megan Gilligan, Siyun Peng, Gulcin Con, Marissa Rurka, and Karl Pillemer. 2016. "My Pride and Joy? Predicting Favoritism and Disfavoritism in Mother–Adult Child Relations." Journal of Marriage and Family 78:908-925.


Krishnan, Preethi and Mangala Subramaniam. 2015. "Understanding the Nation-State from a Global South Stand Point: Right to Food Campaign in India." The Global South 8:101-118.

Krishnan, Preethi and Mangala Subramaniam. 2015. "Domestic Violence and Intra-family Dynamics: Analysis of India's Supreme Court Rulings." Contemporary Perspectives in Family Research 9:45-72.

Latham, Kenzie and Monica M. Williams. 2015. "Does Neighborhood Disorder Predict Recovery from Mobility Limitation? Findings from the Health and Retirement Study." Journal of Aging and Health 27:1415–1442.

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