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Charlotte Dunham

Charlotte Dunham Alum of UW Sociology

Charlotte Chorn Dunham (B.S. 1981, M.A. 1983) is retiring as a professor of sociology in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work at Texas Tech University. After leaving Wyoming, she attended the University of Southern California where she was a trainee in aging at NIA for, what is now called, the Longitudinal Study of Generations at the Andrus Gerontology Center at USC. After receiving her Ph.D. in 1989, she began her 30-year career at Texas Tech. Her research includes work on intergenerational relations, including being co-author on a paper that received the Reuben Hill Award in 1986 from the National Council on Family Relations. She received a grant from the Texas Workforce Commission to study women who are in the labor force and providing dementia care for a family member. She also was a co-PI on a National Science Foundation ADVANCE-PAID grant, working to improve the representation of women on the STEM faculty at Texas Tech. She has also provided service to her university as Vice-President and President of the Faculty Senate, Chair of the Gender Advisory Committee for the Office of the Provost and Director of Women's and Gender Studies. Her current research focuses people over 50 in the Cape Area of South Africa, including work on the well-being of elders after the end of Apartheid, decision-making in older families, and the role of stress proliferation in predicting depression in elder who are caring for children with HIV and their dependent children.

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