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Professor of Sociology and Director of the Center for Innovation in Social Science, Boston University

Deborah Carr is a Professor of Sociology and inaugural director of the Center of Innovation in Social Science, established in September 2021. She has written extensively on death and dying, bereavement, family relationships over the life course, and the stigma associated with health conditions including obesity and disability. She has published more than 100 articles and chapters, and several books including Golden Years? Social Inequality in Later Life (Russell Sage, 2019) and Worried Sick: How Stress Hurts Us and How to Bounce Back (Rutgers University Press, 2014), as well as several co-authored textbooks including Introduction to Sociology and The Art and Science of Social Research (both with W. W. Norton). She is also co-editor of the Handbook of Aging & Social Sciences, 9th ed. (Elsevier, 2021). She was editor-in-chief of Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences (2015-20), and is principal investigator of the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1979 (NLSY79). Dr. Carr is on the Board of Directors of the Population Association of America, and has served as chair of the sections on Aging & the Life Course and Medical Sociology of the American Sociological Association. She is a fellow of the Gerontological Society of America, and a member of the honorary Sociological Research Association. Her work is featured in national media including The New York Times, USA Today, public television, and other sources.


  • –present
    Professor of Sociology, Boston University