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Elisabeth Burgess

Associate Professor & Director of the Gerontology Institute

Ph.D., USC, 1997
Aging and the Life Course, Families and Intimate Relationships, Intergenerational Relations, Gender, Social Theory
608 One Park Place
(404) 413-5213

Research and Teaching Interests

Dr. Burgess joined the sociology faculty at Georgia State University in 1997. Her past and current research is informed by the theoretical and methodological approaches of life course sociology. Her on-going research applies the life course perspective the study of intimate relationships such as marriage, sexuality and families. Her recently research, funded by National Institute on Aging, examines issues of sexuality and intimacy in Assisted Living Facilities.  In addition, she has collaborated with Dr. Dawn Banauch on the sexual attitudes and behaviors of college students and Dr. Denise Donnelly on issues of Involuntary Celibacy. Dr. Burgess continues to collaborate with Mindy Stombler, Dawn Baunach, Wendy Simonds, and Elroi Windsor on Sex Matters: The Sexuality and Society Reader (forthcoming in its 4th edition) from WW Norton.

Dr. Burgess is currently Director of the Gerontology Institute at Georgia State, where she and works to facilitate interdisciplinary scholarship on the study of aging and older adults at GSU and supervises students in the MA and Certificate programs in Gerontology. Recently she has taught Seminar in Gerontology and Death, Dying, and Loss. She continues to stay engaged in the Sociology Department by working with Doctoral Students and collaborating with colleagues.

Elisabeth Burgess
Elisabeth Burgess