Professor Anna Hammersmith



Professor Anna Hammersmith
2151 AuSable Hall


Bowling Green State University
Ph.D. Sociology


Aging and Families, Late-Life Parent-Child Relationships, Caregiving, Union Dissolution and Formation, Demography


Introduction to Sociology
Social Problems
Families in Society 
Middle Age and Aging
Death and Dying

Selected Publications

Lin, I-Fen, Susan L. Brown, and Anna M. Hammersmith. 2017. “Marital Biography, Social Security Receipt, and Poverty.” Research on Aging 39(1):86-110.

Hammersmith, Anna M. (forthcoming 2018). “Life Interrupted: Parent Positivity and Negativity toward Children Following Transitions Later in Life.”  The Gerontologist.

Hammersmith, Anna M. and I-Fen Lin. (forthcoming 2018). “Evaluative and Experienced Well-being of Caregivers of Parents and Caregivers of Children.” The Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences.

Brown, Susan L., I-Fen Lin, Anna M. Hammersmith, and Matthew R. Wright. (forthcoming 2018). “Later Life Marital Dissolution and Repartnership Status: A National Portrait.”The Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences.


Professor Hammersmith’s areas of specialization are aging and families, parent’s relationships with their adult children, caregiving, as well as union dissolution and formation in later life. The impetus of her research is the aging of populations worldwide. In the United States, the graying of the Baby Boomer population has ushered in a host of new patterns of family behavior, such as high rates of late-life divorce and repartnering. Shifts in dissolution and repartnership may weaken parent-child ties, which may harm the health and well-being of older adults given longer life expectancy and greater potential caretaking needs. Dissolution, repartnering, and less cohesive parent-child ties likely leave older adults socially and economically vulnerable, yet few studies have examined the implications of these recent trends. Professor Hammersmith’s research addresses this gap by studying the precursors of late-life dissolution and repartnership, and their links to parent-child ties, in an effort to better inform policies to meet the current and future needs of older people.

Professor Hammersmith grew up north of Columbus, Ohio. She attended Denison University in Granville, Ohio where she earned a double major in Sociology/Anthropology and Spanish. In 2018, Professor Hammersmith graduated with a Ph.D. in Sociology and a minor in Quantitative Methods from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio.