About Me

I am a Family Demographer and Sociologist. My current research focuses on families, aging, and caregiving. I am a National Institute on Aging Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Michigan Population Studies Center and I am working with Robert F. Schoeni and Vicki Freedman.

Previously I was a Postdoctoral Fellow on the “Care, Retirement and Wellbeing of Older People across Different Welfare Regimes” project with Rachel Margolis at the University of Western Ontario.  I was also a 2017-2018 Work and Family Researchers Network Early Career Fellow.

In August 2017, I earned a dual Ph.D. in Sociology and Demography from The Pennsylvania State University (PSU).  While attending PSU, I was a Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Development Predoctoral Family Demography Trainee.

I specialize in Demography, Family, Aging, Work, and Gender and my research addresses whether and how social norms influence particular attitudes, behaviors, and outcomes related to the family.  My articles have been published in Population Studies, The Journal of Marriage and Family, The Journal of Aging & Social Policy, Gender & Society, Socius, and Social Science Research.

I was a volunteer podcast host and book reviewer for the New Books Network Sociology channel from 2017 to 2020 and have appeared as a guest host on The Sociology Annex Podcast.  I enjoy being an active member of the Sociology community on Twitter.

Contact: sapatter (AT) umich (DOT) edu  //  Google Scholar Page  //   Twitter

Photo by Cliff Davidson.