Susan A. McDaniel, FRSC

Susan A. McDaniel, FRSC
Adjunct Professor - Sociology; Research Affiliate - Institute on Aging and Lifelong Health

PhD (Alberta, 1978); Fellow, Royal Society of Canada; Distinguished University Professor, U of Alberta (a lifelong honorific title)

Dr. McDaniel has long-standing Canadian and international research interests and is author of more than 200 articles and book chapters. She was on faculty at the University of Alberta for 15 years and prior to that at the University of Waterloo. From 2009 – 2019 she was Founding Director, Prentice Institute for Global Population and Economy, Prentice Research Chair and Canada Research Chair in Global Population and Life Course at the University of Lethbridge. She is the recipient of many research and teaching awards including both the Kaplan Award for Outstanding Research and the University Cup for outstanding research and teaching at the University of Alberta. In 2016, she was one of three scholars in Canada to be shortlisted for the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada’s Impact Award. Also in 2016 she was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, nominated by the Royal Society of Canada. 

Her current research is on the longitudinal implications for Canadians and Americans as they age in the wake of the Great Recession and the current political and health upheaval, on life course and well-being. She is also actively pursuing research on care and transnational care migration.

She is President of the International Sociological Association’s Research Committee on Families (RC06) and is elected to the Executive Committee of the International Sociological Association, both from 2018-2022. She has previously served as both President of the Canadian Population Society, and President of the Canadian Sociology Association.


  • Life Course
  • Population ageing
  • Social Policy
  • Family Change
  • Care migration

Selected publications


McDaniel, Susan A. and Seong-gee Um. 2015. States and Markets: Sociology of Public Policy in Canada. Canada: Oxford University Press. 243 pps. ISBN:  9780195442809.

McDaniel, Susan A. and Zachary Zimmer (Eds.). 2013. Global Ageing in the 21st Century: Challenges and Opportunities. Farnham, Surrey, UK: Ashgate Publishing. (324pps, ISBN 978-1-4094-3270-8). See

Articles in Refereed Journals:

McDaniel, Susan A., Amber Gazso, Karen Duncan. 2016. “Relative Prospects of Children as they Age: Canadians and Americans in Mid-Life in the Great Recession Frame Future Generations,” Journal of Aging Studies, 37(April):69-80.

Gazso, Amber, Susan McDaniel, Ingrid Waldron. 2016. “Networks of Social Support to Manage Poverty: More Changeable than Durable,” Journal of Poverty 20(4)441-463.

Chapters in Books (refereed):

McDaniel, Susan A. 2020. “Choices and Non-Choices: Waltzing with the Micro/Macro in Sociology,” Canadian Sociology in the First Person, co-edited by Neil McLaughlin and Stephen Riggins profiling prominent Canadian sociologists. Queens McGill University Press, forthcoming.

McDaniel, Susan A. 2018/19. “Life Course,” in George Ritzer and Chris Rojek, Eds., The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology (2nd edition). Invited contribution, peer-reviewed.

McDaniel, Susan A. 2018. “Duel of the Dualisms: Production and Reproduction Reconfiguring,” In Raquel Sosa Elizaga, Ed., Facing an Unequal World: Challenges for Global Sociology. London, UK: Sage. pp.121-133. ISBN 978-1-5264-3556-9; ISBN 978-1-5264-3557-6 (pbk).

McDaniel, Susan. 2018. “Knowledge Paradigms and Intransigent Intuitions,” in Marian Adolf, Ed., Chapter 6 in Nico Stehr: Pioneer in the Theory of Society and Knowledge,  Springer book series, Pioneers in Arts, Humanities, Science, Engineering, Practice. pp. 71-80.