AAGE Governance: Officers and Directors

AAGE is a 501c3 registered nonprofit organization operating under AAGE bylaws.

Executive Committee Members

The Executive Committee is responsible for the day-to-day operations of AAGE.

Cati Coe, President (2022-2024)

Cati is Professor of Political Science and Canada Research Chair in Migration and Care (Tier 1) at Carleton University, in Ottawa, Ontario. She has come to the study of aging through her research on transnational families from Ghana, initially focused on the fostering of children of migrants and distributed parenting, practices re-invigorated with migration. Because so many of the parents in these families worked as nursing assistants and home care workers in the United States, her next study focused on elder care (New American Servitude: Political Belonging among African Immigrant Home Care Workers, 2019). At the same time, she became interested in changes in aging and care in Ghana (Changes in Care: Aging, Migration, and Social Class, 2021). She is currently beginning a new research project on return migration decision-making among older Ghanaians in Canada.

Felicity AulinoFelicity Aulino, President-in-waiting (2023-2024)

Felicity Aulino is Five-College Associate Professor based in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She is a medical anthropologist, trained also in public health education and ethnographic filmmaking, with primary area specialization in Thailand and an overall research focus on care. Her book Rituals of Care: Karmic Politics in an Aging Thailand (2019, Cornell University Press), explores habituated practices of providing for others, along with the philosophical roots and transformative potential of such ordinary acts of care.

Photo of Cortney Hughes RinkerCortney Hughes Rinker, Treasurer (2023-2028)

Cortney is Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at George Mason University and the Director of the Global Affairs Program, an interdisciplinary unit in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences that also offers a degree program at Mason Korea. She is a previous Editor-in-Chief of AAGE’s journal Anthropology & Aging. She earned her Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of California, Irvine with emphases in Feminist Studies and Medicine, Science, and Technology Studies. Her teaching and research interests are in medical anthropology, Islam, aging and end-of-life care, public policy, reproduction, Middle East Studies, development, science and technology, and applied anthropology. She conducted long-term research (2005-2009) on reproductive healthcare among working-class women in Rabat, Morocco, which turned into her book Islam, Development, and Urban Women’s Reproductive Practices (Routledge, 2013). Her second book Actively Dying: The Creation of Muslim Identities through End-of-Life Care in the United States (Routledge, 2021) examines the diverse experiences of Muslim patients and families in the Washington, D.C. area as they interact with the health care system during serious illness and end-of-life care.

Image of Celeste PangCeleste Pang, Secretary (2023-2025)

Based in Alberta, Canada, Celeste is an Assistant Professor in the Women’s & Gender Studies program at Mount Royal University. Her training is in sociocultural and medical anthropology, and her research, education, and community work concentrates on aging, disability, and care access and equity, with a significant focus on 2SLGBTQIA+ issues. Prior to joining MRU, Celeste worked for three years as a community-based researcher at Egale Canada, a national organization focused on 2SLGBTQIA+ issues. In this role she led several qualitative & arts-based action research projects by, for, and with community, including Action through Connection: Promoting Lesbian, Bi+, and Queer Health in Canada and Fostering Dialogues: An Arts-Based Action Research Project Imagining Futures of Community-based Care with Homecare Personal Support Workers and LGBTQ Older Adults. Her current major research project funded by the Alzheimer Society Research Program is focused on issues of consent, capacity, and substitute decision-making for people facing dementia alone.

Image of Rachel SeymourRachel Seymour, Student Representative (2023-2025)

Rachel is a social-cultural Anthropology PhD student at Indiana University, Bloomington. Her current research interests concern aging and care in the American Midwest. She is interested in who has access to equitable care, who is responsible for providing care, and how care labor is performed in low-income retirement communities. In her free time, she volunteers for her local Area Agency on Aging. She is a caring companion, where she regularly visits homebound seniors. She also assists in their nutrition program as a Meals on Wheels driver, delivering meals weekly to seniors experiencing isolation. In 2023, she was able to collaborate with her local Area Agency on Aging to create a Community Engaged Ethnographic Film surrounding their nutrition program which highlights both volunteer and social worker experiences.

Anthropology and Aging, Co-Editors-in-Chief

Amy Clotworthy (2021-2024)

Amy holds a Ph.D. in ethnology and a Master’s degree in applied cultural analysis, both from the University of Copenhagen. In her current position as an assistant professor at the Department of Public Health and the Interdisciplinary Center for Healthy Aging (CEHA), she teaches and conducts research on how health and social policies targeting older people influence the sociocultural dynamics of later life. With an emphasis on everyday health practices, her research also investigates how the Danish healthcare sector, hospitals, and municipal authorities can improve professional practices by recognizing the complexity of older people’s life histories as well as the individual needs and priorities they express in their narratives.

 
Tannistha Samanta (2021-2024)

Tannistha is currently an Associate Professor with the Department of Sociology at FLAME University, Pune, India. She received her Masters and Ph.D. from the Department of Sociology, University of Maryland, College Park.  Broadly, her research lies at the interdisciplinary crossroads of family sociology and gerontology where she focuses on living arrangements, social capital & health, older adult sexualities and theory development in aging studies. In another line of inquiry, she is interested in examining the complex nexus of motherhood, sexual politics, and the biomedical markets. Her work on aging has been funded by research grants from the United Nations Population Fund, Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR), Centre for Gender Equity & Health (University of San Diego), Population Foundation of India, and very recently, the University of Haifa (Israel).

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is responsible for the long-term health and maintenance of AAGE. Its role is outlined here: Role of Board of Directors

1. Jason Danely Photo of Jason Danely(November 2021-November 2024)

Jason is a Reader in the Anthropology of Japan at Oxford Brookes University and Chair of the Healthy Ageing & Care Research Innovation and Knowledge Exchange Network. His research expertise relates to cultural understandings and experiences of ageing and care in Japan. Jason’s project examined compassion and vulnerability in the context of unpaid care in two aging societies (Japan and England). His latest book, Fragile Resonance: Caring for Older Family Members in Japan and England (out October 2022) is based on this research. His current research focuses on the lives of formerly incarcerated older adults in Japan and England. He is a Past President of AAGE (2017-2018).

 
2. Lori Jervis (November 2021-November 2025)

Lori is a Professor in the Department of Anthropology and a Co-Director of the Center for Applied Social Research at the University of Oklahoma. A medical anthropologist, gerontologist, and anthrozoologist, she works at the intersection of culture, health, and rurality. She strives to conduct research that is community engaged and collaborative. For over 20 years, Lori has worked with tribal members on issues affecting the health of their communities, with projects focused on cognitive and psychiatric disorders; elder mistreatment; and end-of-life care. Lori is keenly interested in rural health inequities, with recent projects examining the food environment in a rural tribal context and vaccine hesitancy in Oklahoma. Lori’s anthrozoological research focuses largely on human-canine relationships, with projects on free-roaming dogs in a tribal community and on cross-state companion animal rescue networks. She is a Past President of AAGE (2011-2012).

3. Philip Kao (November 2021-November 20Photo of Philip Kao26)
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Past Presidents of AAGE 1979-2022

 

Christine L. Fry1979-1981
Jay Sokolovsky1981-1983
Linda Cool1983
Anthony Glascock1984
J. Kevin Eckert1985
Dena Shenk1986
Doris Francis1987
Robert L. Rubinstein1988
Maria Vesperi1989
Marjorie M. Schweitzer1990
Linda S. Mitteness1991
Mark R. Luborsky1992
Otto Von Mering1993
Phil Stafford1994
Jacob Climo1995
Neil Henderson1996
Maria Cattel1997-1998
Madelyn Iris1999
Judith Barker2000-2001
Gillian Ice2002-2003
Margaret (Peggy) Perkinson2004-2005
John Traphagan2006
Bob Schrauf2007-2008
Sherylyn Briller2009-2010
Lori Jervis2011-2012
Samantha Solimeo2013-2014
Iveris Martinez2015-2016
Jason Danely2017-2018

Janelle Taylor

Aaron Seaman

2019-2020

2021-2022

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