Selah Chamberlain Professor of Sociology and Chair, Department of Sociology Case Western Reserve University.
After a postdoctoral fellowship in the Sociology of Social Control Program at Yale, Dale Dannefer spent more than two decades at the Warner Graduate School of Educatoin and Human Development at the University of Rochester. He has been a resarech fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin and the Andrus Gerontology Center at the University of Southern California. He moved to Case Western Reserve University in 2004. Dannefer's scholarly work is concerned with the links between social dynamics and life course processes. He has developed a critical perspective on developmental approaches to aging and the life course withing and beyond sociology (e.g., "Adult Development and Social Theory, ASR 1984), and has helped to pioneer the elaboration of cumulative dis/advantage theory as an explanatory life-course framework (e.g., "Cross-Fertilizing Age and Social Science Theory", Journal of Gerontology Social Sciences, 2003). In addition to extending this work, his current work includes a critical analysis of social science scholarship on gene-environment interactions (e.g., Age, Life Course and Sociological Imagination, in the Handbook of Aging and the Social Sciences, 7th edition, 2011) and the application of participatory action research to the study of efforts at "culture change" in long-term care settings (e.g., Shura, Siders,& Dannefer, Culture Change in Long-Term Care, the Gerontologist 2011.) With Chris Phillipson, Dannefer recently co-edited The Sage Handbook of Social Gerontology. In 2009, Dannefer was honored with an award with a very special Rutgers connection, the Matilda White Riley Distinguished Scholar Award, given by the ASA's Section on Aging and the Life Course.