Kenneth Ferraro
Kenneth F. Ferraro

Stone Hall
700 W. State Street
West Lafayette, IN

Tel: (765) 494-4707
Fax: (765) 496-1476
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Ferraro’s recent research focuses on health inequality over the life course. Current projects examine minority health, obesity and health, and the long term consequences of childhood misfortune on later life.

With interests in how stratification processes unfold over the life course, he has developed a theory for the study of human development, aging, and health: cumulative inequality theory. He anticipates further developing the theory in coming years while engaged in empirical research projects to test elements of it.

Ferraro has twice founded gerontology programs, at Northern Illinois University and Purdue University. He regularly teaches courses on medical sociology and the sociology of aging. He became a fellow of the Gerontological Society of America in 1990 and of the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education in 1997. He was named Distinguished Professor of Sociology at Purdue University in 2008 and received the Distinguished Mentor Award from the Gerontological Society of America in 2011.

Current Positions

Distinguished Professor of Sociology
Director, Center on Aging and the Life Course
Chair, Behavioral and Social Sciences Section of the Gerontological Society of America
Editorial Board, Research on Aging
Associate Editor, Society and Mental Health