Merril Silverstein

Merril Silverstein, Ph.D., is inaugural holder of the Marjorie Cantor Chair in Aging Studies at Syracuse University in the Maxwell School, Department of Sociology and the Falk College, Department of Human Development and Family Science. He received his doctorate in sociology from Columbia University. Prior to his current appointment, he served as Professor of Gerontology and Sociology at the University of Southern California. In over 150 research publications, Dr. Silverstein has focused on the topic of aging in the context of family life, with an emphasis on intergenerational relationships, social support, grandparenting, religiosity, and international-comparative perspectives. He has edited or co-edited the books Intergenerational Relations across Time and Place, Handbook of Theories of Aging, Kin and Cohort in an Aging Society, and Later-Life Social Support and Service Provision in Diverse and Vulnerable Populations. Dr. Silverstein currently serves as principal investigator of the Longitudinal Study of Generations, a project that has tracked multigenerational families for more than four decades. He originated the Longitudinal Study of Older Adults in Anhui Province that for fifteen years has focused on the well-being and intergenerational exchanges of elders in rural China. He also has had collaborative projects in Sweden, the Netherlands, Israel, and Germany on related topics. Dr. Silverstein is a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America, the Brookdale National Fellowship Program, and the Fulbright International Senior Scholars Program. He served as editor-in-chief of Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences between 2010-2014.