Academic Work

Dr. Ingrid Arnet Connidis is a Professor of Sociology in the Department of Sociology at Western University in London, Canada (PhD, University of Toronto).
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Her work in the areas of family ties across the life course, adult sibling relationships, intergenerational relations, aging and policy implications, older workers, and conceptual and methodological issues in research on aging, has been published in a variety of books and journals including the Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences, Journal of Marriage and Family, Journal of Family Theory and Review, Canadian Journal on Aging, The Gerontologist, and Research on Aging. She enjoys travelling extensively to participate in International conferences and workshops and to present invited lectures.

In 2013 Ingrid Connidis was the inaugural co-recipient of the Wiley Alexis Walker Award, National Council on Family Relations, honouring the highly-valued career and personal contributions of Dr. Alexis Walker. The award recognizes influence on and contribution to the field of family studies and research excellence for an article on “Interview and memoir: Complementary narratives on the family ties of gay adults” published in Journal of Family Theory & Review. Ingrid was co-recipient of the 2004 Richard Kalish Innovative Publication Award presented by the Behavioral and Social Science Section of the Gerontological Society of America for an article on ambivalence in family ties published in Journal of Marriage and Family.

Ingrid spent a term at Oregon State University as the Petersen Visiting Scholar in Gerontology and Family Studies (2001) and a term at St. Thomas University in Fredericton, New Brunswick as Visiting Chair in Gerontology (2011). She has also spent Sabbatical years in France and Norway.

Ingrid’s current research focuses on family ties in mid and late life, including siblings, gay and lesbian family members, and step-ties. She teaches primarily in the areas of family ties and aging, sociology of aging, and work and policy in an aging society. The second edition of her book Family Ties & Aging was published in 2010 (Pine Forge Press/Sage).



Ingrid Arnet Connidis
Family Ties and Aging

Second Edition; Pine Forge/Sage
Los Angeles, California, USA:

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Selected Publications

Ingrid Arnet Connidis. 2015 . “Exploring Ambivalence in Family Ties: Progress and Prospects. Journal of Marriage and Family, 77:1:77-95.DOI:10.1111/jomf.12150.

Ingrid Arnet Connidis. 2014. “Age Relations and Family Ties Over the Life Course: Spanning the Macro-Micro Divide. Research in Human Development.11:291-308. DOI: 10.1080/15427609.2014.967050.

Ingrid Arnet Connidis. 2012. “Interview and memoir: Complementary narratives on the family ties of gay adults” published in Journal of Family Theory & Review. 4:2:105-121

Ingrid Arnet Connidis. 2012. “Theoretical Directions for Studying Family Ties and Aging”. Rosemary Blieszner and Victoria Hilkevitch Bedford (Eds.). Handbook on Families and Aging. ABC Clio. Pp. 35-60 (October)

Ingrid Arnet Connidis. 2011. "Ambivalence in Fictional Intergenerational Ties: The portrayal of Family Ties in ‘Freedom’" Journal of Family Theory and Review 3:4:305-311.

Ingrid Arnet Connidis and Candace L. Kemp. 2011. "Negotiating Work and Family in the Information Technology Industry." In Julie Ann McMullin (Ed.) Gender, Age and Work in the New Economy: The Case of Information Technology Firms. Vancouver: UBC Press.

Ingrid Arnet Connidis and Alexis J. Walker. 2009. "(Re)visioning Aging Families: Gender, Age and Aging in Families." Pp. 147-159 in S. Lloyd, K.Allen, and A. Few (Eds.) Handbook of Feminist Family Studies. LA: Sage.

Ingrid Arnet Connidis & Candace Kemp. 2008. "Negotiating Actual and Anticipated Parental Support: Multiple Sibling Voices in Three-Generation Families." Journal of Aging Studies.22:3:229-238.

Ingrid Arnet Connidis. 2007. "Negotiating Inequality among Adult Siblings: Two Case Studies." Journal of Marriage and Family 69:2:482-499.

Ingrid Arnet Connidis. 2006. "Intimate Relationships: Learning from Later Life Experience." Pp. 123-153 in Toni M. Calasanti and Kathleen F. Slevin (Eds.) Age Matters: Realigning Feminist Thinking NY: Routledge.

Alexis J. Walker, Katherine R. Allen and Ingrid Arnet Connidis. 2005. "Theorizing and Studying Sibling Ties in Adulthood." Pp. 167-181 in Vern L. Bengtson, Alan C. Acock, Katherine R. Allen, Peggye Dilworth-Anderson and David M. Klein (Eds.) Sourcebook of Family Theory and Research. Thousand Oaks: Sage.


Commitment and Change: Constants in Family Ties over Time. Keynote Address. International Conference on Aging Families/Changing Families. International Sociological Association Committees on Aging and on Family. Syracuse, NY. USA. June 3-6, 2015.

Maintaining Otherness: The Study of Long-term Marriage and Partnerships Among Straight and Gay Couples. British Society of Gerontology, Southampton, UK, September 1-3, 2014.

“Part of the Family: The Long-term Ties of Gay and Lesbian Adults.” Barbara Pittard Payne Lectureship in Gerontology. Georgia State University. Atlanta, Georgia. March 13, 2014.

Invited Keynote Address. “Family Ties over the Life-Course: Spanning the Macro-Micro Divide?” Society for the Study of Human Development. 8th Biennial Meeting. Rethinking Developmental Science across the Life Span/Life Course: Theory, Methods, and Applications. Fort Lauderdale, Florida, November 4, 2013.

“Age Relations, Intergenerational Ties and the Recession.”Presented at the International Symposium on Aging Families. University of Victoria. Victoria, B.C. Population Change and Life Course: Strategic Knowledge Cluster. June 3-4, 2013.

“Embedded in Families: Intergenerational & Sibling Ties of Gay & Lesbian Adults.” Gerontological Society of America. San Diego. November 16, 2012.

"Intergenerational Support and the Recession: Shifting Family Interdependence across Generations" Gerontological Society of America. Boston. Nov. 19, 2011.

"Sisters and Brothers across Time." Third Age Centre, St. Thomas University, Fredericton, New Brunswick. Dec. 8, 2011.

"Family Ties & Aging: Ongoing Realities in Changing Times" Annual Creamer Lecture, St. Thomas University, Fredericton, New Brunswick. Nov. 2, 2011.

"Looking Back, Looking Forward: Learning from our Elders and Aging Research." Invited Keynote Speaker. Center for Gerontology 15th Annual Graduate Certificate Awards Ceremony. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA. April 27, 2011.

"Theoretical Directions for Exploring Family Ties and Aging: Moving Forward." Presented at the Gerontological Society of America Annual Meetings, New Orleans, LA. November 22, 2010.

Invited Panel Discussant. "Donor Siblings." National Council on Family Relations Annual Meeting. Minneapolis, Minnesota. November 5, 2010.

"Building on Strength and Breaking New Ground: Reflections on the Netherlands Kinship Panel Study and The Ties that Bind Research Programme." Invited lecture for the "Families in Flux" Conference. The Hague, Netherlands. November 12, 2009.

"Aging and Family Research: A Retrospective and Prospective Look." Institute in Gerontology. Institute in Public Policy. King’s College London. London, United Kingdom. April 29, 2009.

Commentator. International Advisory Panel Member. The Norwegian Life-Course, Ageing and Generations Panel Study. First Advisory Panel Workshop. Oslo, Norway. September 10-12, 2009. Commentator on Families and Generations; Retirement and Active Aging; Social Capital and Social Context.

Distinguished Panel Presenter. "From Local to Global and Back Again: Issues, Challenges and Opportunities." Canadian Association on Gerontology. London, Canada. October, 2008.

"Negotiating Family Ties in a Global World: The Experience of Gay and Lesbian Adults." Presented at the International Sociological Association Meetings. RC11 (Research Committee on Aging). Barcelona, Spain. September 5, 2008.

"Family Ties and Aging: Past, Present and Future." Gerontology Program Annual Fall Lecture. Co-sponsored by the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, Criminology; Department of Economics; College of Arts and Sciences, Eastern Michigan University. Ypsilanti, Michigan. October 29, 2008.

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