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Jeffrey Burr

Title: Professor

Phone: 617.287.7318


Department: Gerontology

Areas of Expertise

Social demography of aging, household composition and living arrangements, race and ethnicity in aging populations, labor force participation in later life, productive activity in later life, aging and health


PhD, Sociology, University of Texas Austin

Additional Information

Professor Jeff Burr published widely in the aging field in journals such as Demography, Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences, Journal of Gerontology: Medical Sciences, Research on Aging, Journal of Aging and Health, Social Forces, and Population Research and Policy Review. Burr’s research has been funded by the National Institute on Aging, National Science Foundation, AARP Andrus Foundation, and the Administration on Aging. His current stream of research seeks to uncover the reasons why social relationships are related to various aspects of health, including hypertension, oral health, disability, and depression. Burr also has on-going research activity in living arrangements in later life, especially among immigrants as well as in productive aging in later life.

Professor Burr is the editor-in-chief of the peer-reviewed journal, Research on Aging. He is a fellow of the Gerontological Society of America (Behavioral and Social Sciences Section) and a member of Sigma Phi Omega, the national gerontological honor society.

Curriculum Vitae

Videos of Professor Burr

UMass Boston Minute: Gerontology at UMass Boston