I am Professor of Human Development and Family Sciences at Oregon State University, and Head of the School of Social and Behavioral Health Sciences.
I have always been interested in how societies, and the people in them, perceive and organize the life course:
· How they splice up life into different periods and what they call them
· What the expectations are about the events and transitions that are supposed to happen in them
· What marks movement out of one period and into another
· How institutions related to education, work, and family, and how social policies, reinforce these expectations
· What happens when people’s lives don’t match the expectations, or find themselves “off time”
I have also long been interested in how historical events and times leave their imprint on life options and pathways as people grow up and older.