Jennifer Bulanda


Associate Professor

Scripps Research Fellow


PhD Sociology - Bowling Green State University

MA Sociology - Bowling Green State University

BA Sociology - Ohio Northern University

Dr. Bulanda's research interests include family demography, relationship dynamics, health and well-being, and the sociology of aging. Her work has focused on marriage, cohabitation, and divorce, particularly during the later life course, and gender and race-ethnic variations in family life. She is currently working on several studies investigating the well-being of grandparents raising grandchildren.

Dr. Bulanda has published articles on the consequences of marital status for health and well-being and the influence of religion on familial behavior, and she has received external grant support for her examination of the health consequences of race-ethnic variations in marital quality. Her research has appeared in journals including Journal of Marriage and Family, and Journals of Gerontology: Social Sciences and Social Science Research.

She teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses in sociology and gerontology, including Sociology of Aging and the Life Course, Medical Sociology, Global Aging, and Research Methods.

Recent Publications

Bulanda, Jennifer Roebuck, Takashi Yamashita, & J. Scott Brown. (forthcoming). "Marital Quality, Marital Dissolution, and Mortality Risk during the Later Life Course." Social Science & Medicine. doi:10.1016/j.socscimed.2016.07.025

Bulanda, Jennifer Roebuck, & Margaret Platt Jendrek. (2016). “Grandparenting Roles and Volunteer Activity.” Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences 71: 129-140.

Cohen, Adrienne, & Jennifer Roebuck Bulanda. (2016). “Social Supports as Enabling Factors in Nursing Home Admissions:  Rural, Suburban, and Urban Differences.” Journal of Applied Gerontology, 35: 721-743.

Brown, Susan L., Jennifer Roebuck Bulanda, & Gary R. Lee. 2012. “Transitions Into and Out of Cohabitation in Later Life.” Journal of Marriage and Family 74: 774-793.

Bulanda, Jennifer Roebuck. 2011. “Doing Family, Doing Gender, Doing Religion: Structured Ambivalence and the Religion-Family Connection.” Journal of Family Theory and Review 3: 179-197.

Bulanda, Jennifer Roebuck. 2011. “Gender, Marital Power, and Marital Quality in Later Life.” Journal of Women & Aging 23: 1-20.

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