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Eliza Pavalko

Eliza Pavalko

Eliza Pavalko is the Allen D. and Polly S. Grimshaw Professor of Sociology.  Her research interests lie in the areas of the sociology of the life course, aging, health, work, gender and social change.  With funding from the National Institute on Aging and National Institute of Mental Health and in collaboration with numerous graduate students and colleagues, her attention has centered on paid and unpaid work careers, health trajectories and how they are framed within institutional policies and practices, historical context and gender regimes.  She has three streams of work that address these issues in different ways.  The first focuses on paid and unpaid work across the life course and implications of both types of labor for health.  Early work focused on these relationships among women, while current work examines how paid work and family shapes the health and mortality of both men and women.  A second line of work examines social change in women’s paid and unpaid work, and the consequences of these changes for women and families’ health and well-being.  A third line of work examines how institutional policies affect work, family and health careers.   Much of this work has focused on work-family policies and caregiving, while earlier work examined how mental changing mental health policy in the U.S. has shaped mental illness careers.  Selected publications from these lines of work are listed below. 

Eliza is currently Department Chair.  She has served as Editor of the Journal of Health and Social Behavior (2008-2010), Secretary-Treasurer and then Section Chair for the ASA Section on Aging and the Life Course, and was Director of Graduate Studies (2001-2004). She has also received several teaching honors including the IU Trustee’s Teaching Award and the Graduate Student Mentor Award.  Eliza received her MS and PhD in Sociology from Florida State University and was a NIA Postdoctoral Trainee at the Carolina Population Center at the University of North Carolina.

Selected Publications:

Pavalko, Eliza K. 2011. “Caregiving and the Life Course:  Connecting the Personal and the Public” In Handbook of the Sociology of Aging, Rick Settersten and Jacqui Angel, editors. Springer.

Pavalko, Eliza K. and Andrea Willson. 2010. “Life Course Perspectives on Health, Illness and Healing.” In Handbook of the Sociology of Health, Illness and Healing, edited by Bernice Pescosolido, Jack Martin, Jane McLeod, and Anne Rogers. Springer.

Kleiner, Sibyl and Eliza K. Pavalko 2010. “Clocking In: The Organization of Work Time and Health in the United States.” Social Forces 88(3): 1463-1486.

Eliza K. Pavalko, Fang Gong and J. Scott Long. 2007. “Women’s Work, Cohort Change and Health.” Journal of Health and Social Behavior 48: 352-368.

Gee, Gilbert C., Eliza K. Pavalko, and J. Scott Long. 2007. “Age, Cohort and Perceived Age Discrimination: Using the Life Course to Assess Self-reported Age Discrimination.” Social Forces 86:265-290.

Pavalko, Eliza K. and Kathryn A. Henderson. 2006. “Combining Care Work and Paid Work: Do Workplace Policies Make a Difference?” Research on Aging 28(3): 359-374.