Rachel Margolis


Associate ProfessorAssistant Professor Rachel Margolis

Department of Sociology
Social Science Centre
University of Western Ontario
London, Ontario N6A 5C2

rachel.margolis [at] uwo.ca (Email)


Dr. Margolis is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Western Ontario (Western University, Canada). Her research addresses how family dynamics shape population change in developed countries and she works in the following areas: demography, fertility and family change, population aging, and population health. Her project is currently being funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) and the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR). 



  • Aging Alone? Older Adults without Close Kin (SSHRC Insight Grant, 2017-2021)
  • Care, Retirement and Wellbeing of Older People Across Welfare Regimes (Joint Programming Initiative: More Years Better Lives, 2017-2020)
  • Family Dynamics Surrounding Parental Leave in Canada: New Insights from Administrative Data (SSHRC Insight Development Grant, 2017-2019)



PhD in Demography and Sociology: University of Pennsylvania


Recent Publications

Margolis, Rachel, Feng Hou, Michael Haan, and Anders Holm. (2019) The Use of Parental Benefits by Family Income in Canada: Two Policy Changes. Journal of Marriage and Family 81(2): 450-467.

Verdery, Ashton M., Rachel Margolis, Zhangjun Zhou, Xiangnan Chai, and Jongjit Rittirong. (2018) Kinlessness Around the World. The Journals of Gerontology Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences.

Zhou, Zhangjun, Ashton M. Verdery, and Rachel Margolis. (2018) No Spouse, No Son, No Daughter, No Kin in Contemporary China: Prevalence, Correlates and Differences in Economic Support. The Journals of Gerontology Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences.

Hernandez, Elaine, Rachel Margolis and Robert Hummer. (2018) Educational Attainment, Gender, and Health Behavior Changes after a Gateway Diagnosis. Journal of Aging and Health. 30(3):342-364.

Verdery, Ashton M. and Rachel Margolis. (2017) Projections of White and Black Older Adults without Living Kin in the United States, 2015-2060. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.