Gary Lee


Position: Professor Emeritus of Sociology
Phone: 419-372-2292

Curriculum Vitae

Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 1973

Dr. Lee's research interests center on the effects of family and other transitions on the experiences and states of mind of older persons. His current work focuses on widowhood, particularly gender differences in the psychological consequences of spousal bereavement. His future research involves expansion of the widowhood project into a more general analysis of the consequences of marital transitions.

Recent Publications:

Lee, G. R. 2015. The limits of marriage: Why we can’t solve all our problems by getting everyone married. Landover, MD: Lexington Books.

Editor, special issue of Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences and Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences on widowhood; 2014.

Brown, Susan L., Jennifer Roebuck Bulanda, and Gary R. Lee. 2012. “Transitions into and out of cohabitation in later life.” Journal of Marriage and Family 74: 774-793.

Zhang, Yuanting, and Gary R. Lee. 2011. “Intercountry versus transracial adoption: Analysis of adoptive parents’ motivations and preferences in adoption.” Journal of Family Issues 32: 75-98.

Lee, Gary R., and Krista K. Payne. 2010. “Changing marriage patterns since 1970: What’s going on, and why?” Journal of Comparative Family Studies 41: 537-555.

Lee, Gary R., and Alfred DeMaris. 2007. “Widowhood, gender, and depression: A longitudinal analysis.” Research on Aging 29: 56-72.

Brown, Susan L., Gary R. Lee, and Jennifer Roebuck Bulanda. 2006. “Cohabitation among older adults: A national portrait.” Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences 61B: S71-S79.

Lee, Gary R., and Nancy A. Greenwood. 2006. “Comparative research methodology.” Pp. 25-40 in Bron Ingoldsby and Suzanna Smith (eds.), Families in Global and Multicultural Perspective (second ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Lee, Gary R., and Jennifer Roebuck Bulanda. 2005. “Change and consistency in the relation of marital status to personal happiness.” Marriage and Family Review 38: 69-84.

Brown, Susan L., Jennifer Roebuck, and Gary R. Lee. 2005. "The significance of cohabitation: Marital status and mental health benefits among older adults." Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences 60B: S21-S29.

Srinivasan, Padma, and Gary R. Lee. 2004. “The dowry system in northern India: Women’s attitudes and social change.” Journal of Marriage and Family 1108-1117.