May 8, 2023
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Kahn is a sociology professor at the University of Maryland and a founding faculty associate at the Maryland Population Research Center (MPRC). Throughout her career as a social demographer, she has trained and mentored students in the areas of demography, aging, health and social inequality.
Kahn’s research has focused on issues related to social changes in the United States over the past half century, particularly in the areas of family, gender and health. Her recent work has centered on aging processes, gender and health inequalities and intergenerational relationships.
“I am thrilled that Joan has agreed to serve on PRB’s Board of Trustees. Her expertise in the use of population data and demographic methods to improve our understanding of today’s most pressing issues will greatly benefit the full range of PRB’s activities,” said Jennifer Madans, Chair of PRB’s Board of Trustees.
Kahn has worked at the University of Maryland since 1987, where she has also served as Associate Director at MPRC (2009-2012) and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Sociology (2002-2008). She received an excellence in teaching award from the university in 2000.
She is a member of the Population Association of America, the American Sociological Association and the Gerontological Society of America. She previously served on the editorial board of the Journal of Marriage and Family, a leading research journal in family science.
“Joan has a standout reputation as a demographer and educator, and she has been a faithful supporter of PRB for decades,” said PRB President and CEO Jeff Jordan. “She brings a strong knowledge of domestic demographic issues and established connections that will make her a trusted sounding board for our U.S. Programs team and a source for new ideas.”
Kahn received her bachelor’s degree in history from Stanford University and her master’s degree and Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Michigan.