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Graduate Research

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


Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles


Gilligan, Megan, J. Jill Suitor, Marissa Rurka, and Merril Silverstein. 2020. “Multigenerational Social Support in the Face of the COVID-19 Pandemic.” Journal of Family Theory & Review.

Olson, Daniel V. A., Jong Hyun Jung, Joey Marshall, and David Voas. 2020. “Sacred Canopies or Religious Markets? The Effect of County-level Religious Diversity on Later Changes in Religious Involvement.” Journal for Scientific Study of Religion. 59:227-246.

Rurka, Marissa, J. Jill Suitor & Megan Gilligan. 2020. “The Caregiver Identity in Context: Consequences of Identity Threat from Siblings.” Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences.

Kincaid, Reilly, Marissa Rurka, J. Jill Suitor, Megan Gilligan, Karl Pillemer, Liam Mohebbi, and Nicholas Mundell. 2021. “Prodigal Children: How Reformed Deviants Become Mothers’ Favorite Children in Adulthood.” Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences.

“The impact of social stratification on morbidity during the COVID-19 pandemic.” Nilanjan Raghunath HASS, Singapore University of Technology and Design, Singapore, Singapore, and Tony Tan Sociology, Purdue University.


McPhail, Brian L. and Fenggang Yang. 2020. “Religious Heterogamy and the Intergenerational Transmission of Religion in China.”

Petts, Amy, Rebecca Perdomo, Rebecca Boylan, Linda Renzulli. 2020. Racial Heterogeneity: The Effects of School Relationships on Bachelor's Degree Enrollment for First Generation Immigrants. Race Ethnicity and Education.

Sennott, Christie, Sangeetha Madhavan, and Younguen Nam. 2020. “Modernizing Marriage: Balancing the Benefits and Liabilities of Bridewealth in Rural South Africa.” Qualitative Sociology.



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.

External Funding


Siyun Peng. RAND Summer Institute on Aging.


Joey Marshall. National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.