Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

Pamela Herd

Professor of Public Affairs and Sociology
Faculty Affiliate, Institute for Research on Poverty
Principal Investigator, Wisconsin Longitudinal Study

Pamela Herd
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Office: 3454 Social Science Building
Phone: 608-262-9451
Fax: 608-265-5389
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Department of Sociology
University of Wisconsin - Madison
1180 Observatory Drive
Madison, WI 53706

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Current CV

Pamela Herd is Professor of Public Affairs and Sociology. Broadly, her work focuses on aging, policy, health, and inequality. She has two streams of research. One stream examines how social policies (i.e., Social Security) affect gender, race, and class inequalities. The second stream focuses on the relationship between social factors and health. She is the Principal Investigator of the Wisconsin Longitudinal Study, a member of the Board of Overseers of the General Social Survey, a member of the Board of Overseers of the Panel Study of Income Dynamics, and a member of the National Academy of Social Insurance.

Herd co-authored the 2007 book Market Friendly or Family Friendly? The State and Gender Inequality in Old Age with Madonna Harrington Meyer. The book is part of the American Sociological Association's Rose Series on Public Policy and was the winner of the Gerontological Society of America Section on Behavioral and Social Sciences Kalish Publication Award. She is author of numerous articles and chapters that have appeared in Social Forces, Gender and Society, Journals of Gerontology, Journal of Health and Social Behavior, and The Gerontologist among others.

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La Follette Working Papers and Other Publications