Melissa A. Hardy

Melissa A. Hardy

Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Demography

502 Oswald Tower
University Park , PA 16802
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Office Phone: (814) 867-4337

Curriculum Vitae

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Education:

  1. B.A., Sociology, Albright College
  2. M.A., Sociology, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
  3. Ph.D. Sociology, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN

Biography:

Research Interests

I study life course sequences of outcomes (such as retirement, health, or program entitlement) as they are shaped by policy, gender/race/ethnicity, and social status. I look at differences across birth cohorts to see how the timing of events, such as economic downturns, war (civilian exposure and military service) and policy realignment shape race, gender, and cohort differences in attainment processes, health, and social positions.

I also study patterns of attitudes and beliefs among different groups and across time as elements of social change. 

Research Projects

My current projects use longitudinal data to examine cohort and generational patterns of socioeconomic status, health, and attitudes across the life course. 

Research and Teaching Interests

Life Course; Aging; Social Policy; Inequality; Gender; Quantitative Methodology

Ongoing Projects

Longitudinal studies of race and gender inequality, health, and the life course;

Selected Publications

Hardy, Melissa, Vegard Skirbekk, and Marcin Stonawski. (Forthcoming).  The Religiously Unaffiliated in Germany 1949-2013:  Contrasting Patterns of Social Change in East and West.  The Sociological Quarterly, DOI:10.1080/00380254.2019.1593064.

          Wolfe, J.D., Shawn Bauldry, Melissa Hardy, and Eliza Pavalko.  (2018).  Multigenerational attainments and mortality among older men: an adjacent generations approach.  Demographic Research, 39:719-752.

          Wolfe, J.D., Shawn Bauldry, Melissa Hardy, and Eliza Pavalko.  (2018).  Multigenerational attainments, race, and mortality risk among silent generation women.” Journal of Health and Social Behavior, 59(3): 335-351.

          Skirbekk, Vegard, Melissa Hardy, and Bjorn Heine Strand. (2018).  Women’s spousal choices and a man’s handshake: evidence from a Norwegian study of cohort differences.  Social Science Medicine: Population Health.  5: 1-7.

          Reyes, Adriana and Melissa Hardy. (2018). Race differences in linking family formation transitions to women’s mortality. Journal of Health & Social Behavior, 59(2): 231-247.

          Acciai, Francesco and Melissa Hardy. (2017). Depression in Later Life: A Closer Look at the Gender Gap.  Social Science Research 68: 163-75.

          Caputo, J., Eliza Pavalko, and Melissa Hardy.  (2016). The Long-Term Health Effects of Caregiving on Women’s Health and Mortality. Journal of Marriage and Family, 78(5): 1382-1398.

          Hardy, Melissa and Adriana Reyes. (2016).  “Theories of work and retirement:  Culture, Trust and the Social Contract.” In Handbook of Theories of Aging (3rd ed), edited by Vern Bengtson and Richard Settersten. New York: Springer.

          Hardy, Melissa. (2016). “Societal Legacies of Risk and Protection in the Reproduction of Health Disparities.”  Public Policy and Aging Report

          Reyes, Adriana and Melissa Hardy (2015). “Older Immigrants and Health Insurance in the U.S.: Differences by Region-of-Origin in Gaining and Losing Coverage.”  Journal of Gerontology:  Social Sciences, 70(2):303-13.

          Hardy, Melissa, Francecso Acciai, and Adriana M. Reyes. (2014) "How Health Conditions Translate into Self-Ratings:  A Comparative Study of Older Adults Across Europe."  Journal of Health and Social Behavior, 55(3): 320-341.

          Research Interests:

          Life Course, Inequality, Gender, Health Disparities, Work and Retirement, Social Policy, Quantitative Methodology

          Research Interests:

          Families, Relationships, and Interpersonal Networks:

          generational family structure

          Demography:

          Aging, labor force and older workers, retirement economics

          Social Inequality:

          intergenerational mobility, economic inequality, pensions 

          Quantitative Methods:

          Statistical distributions, analysis of discrete and continuous data

          Social Institutions and Culture:

          attitudes and beliefs, cohorts and social change, social policy

          Health and Life Course:

          health & aging, health disparities, mortality, chronic illness