Michal Engelman

Position title: Associate Professor of Sociology, CDHA Associate Director for Training

Email: mengelman@ssc.wisc.edu

Phone: (608) 262-9856

4456 Sewell Social Sciences

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Research Interest Statement:

Engelman is a demographer and gerontologist studying the dynamics of population aging and the determinants of longevity and well-being at older ages. Her work examines trajectories of health throughout the life course and their connection with changing aggregate patterns of mortality and morbidity over time. She is currently analyzing the implications of historical population change for contemporary health inequalities and developing a conceptual framework linking demographic and clinical notions of frailty and resilience with the sociological concept of cumulative disadvantage.


Ph.D., Johns Hopkins School of Public Health

Departmental Areas of Interest:

Aging and the Life Course, Demography and Ecology, Family, Medical Sociology, Methods and Statistics


Soc 575 Sociology of Aging and the Life Course
Soc 170 Population Problems
Soc 663 Population and Society: Population Economics
Soc 971 (Fall 2018) Graduate Seminar in Population and Society (I)
Soc 971 (Spring 2019) Graduate Seminar in Population and Society (II)

Other Campus Affiliations

Center for Demography and Ecology
Center for Demography of Health and Aging

Selected Publications

Engelman, M. and H. Jackson. (forthcoming.) Gradual Change or Punc- tuated Equilibrium? Reconsidering Patterns of Health in Later-Life. Demography.

Engelman, M. and L.Z. Ye. (2019) The Immigrant Health Differential in the Context of Racial and Ethnic Disparities: The Case of Diabetes. Advances in Medical Sociology 19:147-171.

Engelman, Michal., Bert M. Kestenbaum, Megan Zuelsdorff, Neil Mehta, and Diane Lauderdale. 2017. “Work Disability among Native-Born and Foreign-Born Americans: On Origins, Health, and Social Safety Nets.”Demography. PMID5705426

Engelman, Michal., Christopher L Seplaki, and Ravi Varadhan. 2017. “A Quiescent Phase in Human Mortality? Exploring the Ages of Least Vulnerability” Demography 54(3): 1097-1118 PMID2839179.

Jackson, Heide., Michal Engelman, and Karen Bandeen-Roche. 2017. “Robust Respondents and Lost Limitations: The Implications of Nonrandom Missingness for the Estimation of Health Trajectories.” Journal of Aging and Health 2017/12/20: online first. PubMed Central ID 5984107.

Garoon, Joshua P., Michal Engelman., Laura N. Gitlin, and Sarah L. Szanton. 2016. “Where does the neighborhood go? Trust, social engagement, and health among older adults in Baltimore City” Health & Place 41: 58-66. PMCID: PMC5465432

Mehta, Neil, Irma Elo, Michal Engelman, Diane Lauderdale, and Bert Kestenbaum. 2016. “Life Expectancy among U.S.-Born and Foreign-Born Older Adults in the United States: Estimates from Linked Social Security and Medicare Data.” Demography 53(4): 1109-34. PubMed Central ID 5026916.

Engelman, Michal. 2014. “Global Ageing: Demographic and Ethical Challenges to Population Health and Development Policies” pp.308-330 in  Law and Global Health: Current Legal Issues Volume 16 edited by M. Freeman, S. Hawkes, and B. Bennett. London: Oxford University Press.

Engelman, Michal., Hal Caswell, and Emily M. Agree. 2014. “Why do variance trends for the young and old diverge? A perturbation analysis.” Demographic Research 30(48):1367-1396

Cunningham, Solveig A., Kathryn M. Yount, Michal Engelman, and Emily M. Agree. 2013. “Returns on lifetime investments in children in Ismailia, Egypt”. Demography 50(2): 699-724.

Zhang, Yau, Michal Engelman, and Emily M. Agree. 2012. “Moving considerations: A longitudinal analysis of parent-child residential proximity for older Americans” Research on Aging (News coverage)

Engelman, Michal., Vladimir Canudas-Romo, and Emily M. Agree. 2010. “The implications of increased survivorship for mortality variation in aging populations” Population and Development Review 36(3):511-539.

Engelman, Michal., Emily M. Agree, Lucy A. Meoni, Michael J. Klag. 2010. “Propositional density and cognitive function in later life: Results from the Precursors Study” Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences 65(6):706-11.

Engelman, Michal., Emily M. Agree, Kathryn M. Yount, and David Bishai. 2010. “Parity and parents’ health in later-life: The gendered case of Ismailia, Egypt” Population Studies 64(2): 165 -178.

Engelman, Michal and Summer Johnson. 2007. “Population aging and international development: Addressing competing claims of distributive justice” Developing World Bioethics 7(1): 8-18.