Workshop on Aging and Health

All day


Edward O. Laumann is the George Herbert Mead Distinguished Service Professor of Sociology and the College, University of Chicago.  He was elected to the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Sciences in early May, 2013.

Since joining the University in 1973, Professor Laumann has acted as the editor of the American Journal of Sociology, chair of the department of sociology, dean of the division of social sciences, provost of the University of Chicago, and is currently the director of the Ogburn Stouffer Center for Population and Social Organization.  He is also the Chair of the Board of Trustees of the National Opinion Research Center (NORC), a major social science research survey organization that a great deal of Federal government surveys.

Professor Laumann’s many research interests include research on human sexuality among older Americans, cross-nationally (in 29 countries and in China), sexuality in urban places, the spread of sexually transmitted infections via sexual networks, subjective well-being, quality of life, and health status, social networks in various social contexts, and the urban legal profession.

Laumann’s current research projects include the National Survey of Sexual Practices in China (Co-Principle Investigator); the National Social Health and Aging Project, which surveys 3000 men and women aged 57 to 85 in the U.S. (Co-Principle Investigator); analyst for the Global Study of Sexual Attitudes and Behavior, a survey of 27,500 men and women 40 to 80 years of age in 29 countries around the world; and a 20 year followup study of the legal profession in Chicago (Co-Principle Investigator).

His keynote speech focused on the study design and selected results from NSHAP with a more detailed explanation of how comprehensively understood physical and mental health manifests itself among older people in various ways and with what consequences for quality of life and mortality.  Following his keynote, Laumann led a discussion with scholars invited by Du Peng, Director of the Institute of Gerontology and Director of the Division of Social Science Research at Renmin University.

Organizers: Edward O. LAUMANN (Department of Sociology) and DU Peng (Renmin University)