Gary R. Lee

Professor of Sociology, Bowling Green State University


  • PhD, Sociology, University of Minnesota
  • MA, Sociology, University of Minnesota
  • BA, Sociology, St. Cloud (Minnesota) State College

Curriculum Vitae

Gary R. Lee (Professor) received his Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Minnesota in 1973. Prior to coming to Bowling Green State University in 1996, Dr. Lee was on the faculties of Washington State University and the University of Florida. He served as chair of the department from 1996 to 2013. His areas of expertise include family sociology and the sociology of aging. He has also worked extensively in the area of comparative sociology with a particular focus on family structure and historical variations in family forms. Much of his work involves the marital and family relations of older persons, with recent projects focusing on the antecedents of coresidence between aging parents and their adult children, and the differential psychological consequences of widowhood for men and women. His previous research has been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health and the National Institute on Aging. Currently he is working on a book about the causes of the declining marriage rate in the United States.