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Jacqueline L. Angel

Jacqueline L. Angel

Professor of Public Affairs and Sociology

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SRH 3.239

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M – W from 3-4 pm and by appointment

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Jacqueline L. Angel, (Ph.D., Rutgers 1989) is currently a Professor of Public Affairs and Sociology and a Faculty Affiliate at the Population Research Center and LBJ School Center for Health and Social Policy at The University of Texas at Austin. Prior to joining the U.T. Faculty, she did her post-doctoral training at Rutgers in mental health services research and the Pennsylvania State University Program in Demography of Aging. Her research addresses the relationships linking family structures, inequality, and health across the life course, including a special focus on older Hispanics. She is particularly interested in evaluating the impact of social policies on the health and well-being of aging immigrants.

Dr. Angel is the Principal Investigator on a National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities (MD) R01 study examining the risk of long-term care in older Mexican American families and since its inception, a Co-Investigator on the Hispanic Established Populations for the Epidemiologic Studies of the Elderly (H-EPESE). In addition, she is Co-Organizer of the NIA-funded (R-13) grant for the Conference Series on Aging in the Americas: Mexico and the United States.

She has published numerous peer-reviewed scientific articles, chapters, and essays related to her research on minority health and aging. Some of her recent books include: Handbook of the Sociology of Aging with Rick Settersten; Hispanic Families at Risk: The New Economy, Work, and the Welfare State co-authored with Ronald Angel;and The Health of Aging Hispanics: The Mexican-Origin Population, co-edited with Keith Whitfield. Dr. Angel is a Fellow of the Behavioral and Social Sciences section of the Gerontological Society of America (GSA) and a Senior Fellow at the Sealy Center on Aging, UTMB School of Medicine. In 2010, she received the GSA Senior Service Scholar Award for her research on health care disparities in older adults.

She also serves as an advisor to professional committees, non-governmental organizations and other agencies that provide basic services to the elderly. Dr. Angel currently serves on the Editorial Board of The Gerontologist, and is past Associate Editor of the Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences and member of the Journal of Health and Social Behavior Editorial Board. The International Association for Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG) recently selected her to be Treasurer for the World Congress meeting in San Francisco, California in 2017. Previously she served on the U.S. Public Health Service, National Institutes of Health NIA Behavior and Social Science of Aging Review Committee, which she also chaired for two years, Chaired the American Sociological Association (ASA) Section on Aging and the Life Course, and Co-Organized the 2005 Conference Series on Aging in the Americas (CAA). Additionally, she sat on the Board President of Family Eldercare, Inc. and was elected to the President's Council in 2003. 

At the LBJ School, Professor Angel teaches courses on policy development with respect to health care, population diversity with a special emphasis on Hispanic families, and inequality in an aging society. 


My research involves work on NIH-National Insitute on Aging funded studies designed to assess the longitudinal health and long-term care needs of older Hispanics, with special emphasis on Mexican Americans. I am affiliated with the U.T.-Austin Population Research Center and Center for Health and Social Policy. Currently, I am working on the following projects:

Longitudinal Study of Mexican American Elderly Health

Funded in 1992 by the National Institute on Aging, the Longitudinal Study of Mexican American Elderly Health project (H-EPESE) is the first large-scale epidemiologic investigation of the health of 3,050 Mexican Americans aged 65 and over living in five Southwestern States-- Texas, California, Arizona, Colorado, and New Mexico. One of the unique aspects of this longitudinal study is that we are collecting both self-reported information as well as performance-based measures of activity limitations on a large panel of older Mexican Americans. As a co-investigator, my participation in this project has involved analyses of the impact of nativity and the migration process on health outcomes, and their implications for long-term care policy. Ultimately, I am seeking to understand how elderly Mexican Americans continue to stay in the community despite physical frailty and financial difficulties.

Hispanic Health and Retirement Policy Project

As the number of Americans nearing retirement increases, demographers, public policy makers, and gerontologists point to the importance of diversity within the older population. By the year 2026 every fourth person of retirement age will be either of African-American, Hispanic or Asian origin. Diversity alone is not a cause of concern, however, in American society minority group membership is strongly correlated with decreased access to social and public goods and services. The aim of this project, therefore, is to examine the "demography of disadvantage" among the pre-retirement population and to assess the ways in which changing needs for assistance varies with social characteristics, and ensuing health implications. See related papers below.



Ph.D. in sociology, Rutgers University

Current Positions

Principal Investigator, Conference Series on Aging in the Americas: United States and Mexico (R-13 funded);Secretary, Co-Investigator, Longitudinal Study of Elderly Mexican American Health (R01funded); The Gerontological Society of America; Faculty Chair, Bridging Disciplines Program in Social Inequalities, Health and Policy

Previous Positions

NIA Postdoctoral Fellow, Demography of Aging Training Program, The Pennsylvania State University (1990-1992); Board President, Family Eldercare, Inc.


2014. Latinos in an Aging World: Social, Psychological, and Economic Perspectives (Routledge); Jacqueline L. Angel and Ronald J. Angel.

2012. Aging, Health and Longevity in the Mexican-Origin Population (Springer); Jacqueline L. Angel, Fernando Torres-Gil, Kyriakos Markides.

2011. Handbook of Sociology of Aging Handbooks of Sociology and Social Research (Springer); Settersten, Richard A. and Jacqueline L. Angel.

2009.  Hispanic Families at Risk: The New Economy, Work and the Welfare State (Springer)

2008. Inheritance in Contemporary Amercia: The Social Dimensions of Giving Across Generations (Johns Hopkins University Press)

2001. The Health of Aging Hispanics: The Mexican-Origin Population (Springer)

1997. Who Will Care for Us? Aging and Long-Term Care in Multicultural America (New York University Press)

1993. Painful Inheritance: Health and the New Generation of Fatherless Families (University of Wisconsin Press)

1991.  Health and Living Arrangements of the Elderly (Garland Publishing)

Articles and Essays:

2016. "Institutional Context of Family Eldercare in Mexico and the United States." Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology. May 2016. (with Ronald J. Angel, Mariana Lopez-Ortega, Luis Miguel Gutierrez Robledo, Robert B. Wallace)

2014. "Lessons Learned from Teaching the Affordable Care Act of 2010." Journal of Public Affairs Eduction. Winter 2014, Vol. 20, No. 1. (with Toni P. Miles.)

2012. "Pregnancy as a Risk Factor for Ambulatory Limitation in Later Life." American Journal of Public Health. Dec. 2012, Vol. 102, No. 12. (with Abigail R. A. Aiken and Toni P. Miles.)

2011. “A Window of Vulnerability:  Health Insurance Coverage among Women 55 to 64 Years of Age.” Journal of Women’s Health Issues 21(1):6-11. (with Jennifer Karas Montez, and Ronald J. Angel.)

 2010. “Shorter Stay, Longer Life: Age at Migration and Mortality among the Older Mexican-Origin Population.” Journal of Aging and Health 22:914-931. (with Angel, Ronald J., Carlos Díaz Venegas, and Claude Bonazzo.)

2010. "Controlling Medicaid Spending in an Aging Population:  Cost Versus Equity?" PA Times.

2010.  “Saving the Biggest Health Care Losers.” Austin American-Statesman, Thursday, March 11, 2010 A14.

2009. “Employment, Marriage, and Inequality in Health Insurance for Mexican-Origin Women.” Journal of Health and Social Behavior 50:132-148. (with Montez, Jennifer Karas and Ronald J. Angel)

2009.  Subjective Control and Health among Mexican-origin Elders in Mexico and the United States:  Structural Considerations in Comparative Research.”  Journal of Gerontology:  Social Sciences 64B:  390-401. (with Angel, Ronald J. and Terrence Hill.)

2009. “Hispanics Get Overlooked in Health Care Debate” Austin American-Statesman, Tuesday, September 15, 2009.

2009.  “Employment, Marriage, and Inequality in  Health Insurance for Mexican-Origin Women” Journal of Health and Social Behavior, 2009, 50:132-148.

2009. “The Work/Health Insurance Nexus:  A Weak Link for Mexican-origin Men” Social Science Quarterly, 90:1112-1133.

"Minority Group Status and Healthful Aging: Does Social Structure Still Matter?" American Journal of Public Health (with Ronald J. Angel).

2008.  “A Comparison of the Health of Older Hispanics in U.S. and Mexico:  Methodological Challenges.” Journal of Aging and Health. 20(1):3-31. (with Angel, Ronald and Terrence D. Hill)

 2007. “The Economic Consequences of Widowhood for Older Minority Women.” The Gerontologist 47(3)222:234. (with Maren Jiménez and  Ronald J. Angel)

2006. "Religious Attendance and Cognitive Functioning among Older Mexican Americans."

2006. "Minority Group Status and Healthful Aging: Does Social Structure Still Matter?" American Journal of Public Health (with Ronald J. Angel).

2006. "Religious Attendance and Cognitive Functioning among Older Mexican Americans." Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences 61:P3-9 (with Terrence D. Hill, Amy M. Burdette and Ronald J. Angel).

2005. "Religious Attendance and Mortality: An Eight-Year Follow Up of Older Mexican Americans." Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences 60B:S102-109 (with Terrence Hill, Christopher Ellison and Ronald J. Angel).

2004. "Can the Family Still Cope? Social Support and Health as Determinants of Nursing Home Use in the Older Mexican-origin Population." Journal of Aging and Health 16:338-354 (with Ronald J. Angel, Maria P. Aranda and Toni P. Miles).

2003. "Financial Strain and Health among Older Mexican Americans." Journal of Health and Social Behavior 44:536-551 (with Ronald J. Angel, Michelle Frisco, and David Chiriboga).

2003. "Gender, Widowhood, and Long-term Care in the Older Mexican American Population." Journal of Women and Aging 15:89-103 (with Ronald J. Angel and Nora Douglas).

2003. "Devolution ane the Social Welfare of Elderly Immigrants: Who Will Bear the Burden?" Public Administration Review 63:79-89.

2002. "Stability and Change in Health Insurance among Older Mexican Americans: Longitudinal Evidence from the Hispanic-EPESE." American Journal of Public Health 92:1264-1271 (with Ronald J. Angel and Kyriakos S. Markides).

2001. "Duration or Disadvantage? Exploring Nativity, Ethnicity, and Health in Midlife." Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences 56B:S275-S284 (with Cynthia J. Buckley and Arthur Sakamoto).

2001. "Nativity and Self-Assessed Health among Pre-retirement Age Hispanics and non-Hispanic Whites." International Migration Review 35(3):784-804 (with Cynthia J. Buckley, and Brian K. Finch).

2000. "Nativity and Older Women's Health: Constructed Reliance in the Health and Retirement Study." Journal of Women and Aging 13:21-37 (with Cynthia J. Buckley and Dennis Donahue).

2000. "Policy Development and the Older Latino Population in the 21st Century." International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy 11:177-188. Reprinted in Francis G. Caro, Robert Morris, and Jill R. Norton (eds.) Advancing Aging Policy as the 21st Century Begins. The Haworth Press, Binghamton, New York (with Jan E. Mutchler).

2000. "Late Life Immigration, Changes in Living Arrangements and Headship Status among Older Mexican-Origin Individuals." Social Science Quarterly 81:389-403 (with Ronald J. Angel, and Kyriakos S. Markides).

1999. "Helping Families to Navigate the System of Long-term Care Alternatives: The Role of Information Technology." Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences 91:116-123.

1999. "STAR*PLUS Program: Implications for Quality of Care." Texas Journal on Aging 2:12-19 (with Jacqueline J. Fickel).

1999. "Age at Migration and Family Dependency Among Older Mexican Immigrants: Recent Evidence from the Mexican American EPESE." The Gerontologist 39:59-65 (with Ronald J. Angel, Geum-Yong Lee, and Kyriakos S. Markides).

1998. "Aging Trends: Mexican-Americans in the Southwestern USA." Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology 13:281-290 (with Ronald J. Angel).

1997. "Contextualizing Social Support and Health in Old Age: Reconsidering Culture and Gender." International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy 17:83-116 (with Ronald J. Angel, and Kristin Henderson).

1996. "Nativity, Declining Health, and Preferences in Living Arrangements among Elderly Mexican Americans: Implications for Long-term Care." The Gerontologist 36:464-473 (with Ronald J. Angel, Judi L. McClellan, and Kyriakos S. Markides).

1996. "The Extent of Private and Public Health Insurance Coverage among Adult Hispanics." The Gerontologist 36:332-340 (with Ronald J. Angel).

1996. "Physical Co-morbidity and Medical Care Use among Children with Emotional Problems." Public Health Reports 3:140-145 (with Ronald J. Angel).

1995. "Diminished Health and Living Arrangements of Rural Elderly Americans." National Journal of Sociology 9.1:31-57 (with Gordon F. DeJong, Gretchen T. Cornwell, and Janet M. Wilmoth).

1995. "Geographic Mobility of the Very Old: Motives and Explanations." Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences 50b:S395-S404 (with Gordon F. DeJong, Janet M. Wilmoth, and Gretchen T. Cornwell).

1992. "Minority Group Status, Health Transitions, and Community Living Arrangements among the Elderly." Research on Aging 14:496-521 (with Ronald J. Angel and Christine L. Himes).

1992. "Age at Migration, Social Connections, and Well-being among Elderly Hispanics." Journal of Aging and Health 4:480-499 (with Ronald J. Angel).

1992. "The Impacts of Farmwork on Health: Analyses of the Hispanic Health and Nutrition Examination Survey." International Migration Review 26:111-132 (with Peter Guarnaccia and Ronald J. Angel).

1992. "The Demography of Minority Aging Populations." Journal of Family History 17:95-114. Pp. 9-21 reprinted in Minority Elders: Five Goals Toward Building a Public Policy Base. Gerontological Society of America, Washington, DC, 1994 (with Dennis P. Hogan).

1991. "The Impact of Marital Status and Employment Status on Depressive Affect for Hispanic Americans." Journal of Community Psychology 19:136-149 (with Peter J. Guarnaccia and Ronald J. Angel).

1991. "Intra-group Differences in the Health of Hispanic Children." Social Science Quarterly 72:361-378 (with Ronald J. Angel).

1990. "Poverty and Health: Older Minority Women and the Rise of the Female-headed Household." Journal of Health and Social Behavior 31:370-83 (with Ronald J. Angel).

1990. "Functional Capacity and Living Arrangements of Unmarried Elderly Persons." Journal of Gerontology 45:95-101 (with Ronald J. Angel).


In press. Hispanic Health and Aging in a New Century. National Alliance for Hispanic Health, Washington, DC (with Rahel C. Kahlert and Keith E. Whitfield).

2005. An Analysis of Level-of-Care Criteria Used in Determining Eligibility for Medicaid 1915(c) Community-Based Waiver Programs. Final Report to the Congressional Research Service, Washington, DC.

2003. The Health Care Safety Net for Mexican Americans. Center for Health and Social Policy Working Paper Series, No. 03-1. LBJ School of Public Affairs, Austin, TX (with Ronald J. Angel and Laura Lein).

2002. Expanding Health Care Coverage for the Uninsured in Texas. LBJ School of Public Affairs, Austin, TX (with David Warner and Kenneth Apfel).

2001. Aging in the Americas: Critical Social Policy Issues. LBJ School of Public Affairs, Policy Roundtable, Austin, TX.

2000. Aging, Immigrants, Nativity and Declining Health. The National Institute on Aging, Bethesda, MD. 1997. Managed Community Long-term Care in Texas: Planning for the 21st Century. LBJ School of Public Affairs, Report #122, Austin, TX.

1996. Empower Texans to Make Long-term Care Choices: Final Report. Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, Austin, TX.

1994. Mexican American Aging and Social Policy: A Summary Report. The National Academy on Aging, Syracuse, NY.

1994. "Family and Cultural Factors in Mental and Physical Comorbidity in Children." Proceedings from the Public Health Conference on Records and Statistics (PHCRS). National Center for Health Statistics, Hyattsville, MD (with Ronald J. Angel). 


Book Reviews and Essays:

In press. "Living Arrangements." Encyclopedia of Health and Aging, edited by Kyriakos S. Markides. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications (with Elena Lewis).

In press. "Longitudinal Study of Aging." Encyclopedia of Health and Aging, edited by Kyriakos S. Markides. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

In press. "Hispanic Elderly." Encyclopedia of Aging. (4th ed.), edited by Linda Noelker. New York: Springer (with Lindsay Littlefield).

2005. "Hispanics." Pp. 168-171 in Encyclopedia of Ageism, edited by Laurence Branch and Erdman Palmore. Binghamton, NY: Haworth Press.

2004. "Retirement Security." Austin American-Statesman, September 30, A13.

2003. "Hispanic Diversity and Health Care Coverage." Public Policy and Aging Report 13:8-12 (with Ronald J. Angel).

2002. "Medicare Needs Top-notch Help as Needs of Seniors Change." San Antonio Express-News, March 23.

2001. "Long-term Health Care Reform: Who is Going to Care For Us?" Austin American-Statesman, May 3, A15.

2001. "Bush and Retirement Security in the 21st Century." Austin American-Statesman, January 31.

2001. "Challenges of Caring for Hispanic Elders." The Public Policy and Aging Report 11:11-16.

2000. "Coming of Age: Minority Elders in the United States." The Gerontologist 40:502-507.

1999. "Understanding Latino Families: Scholarship, Policy and Practice." Social Science Quarterly 80:423-424.

1999. "Growing Old in Multicultural America." Discovery 15:30-33.

1998. "Caring for Our Elders: Latino America Struggles with Change." Hispanic September: 18-26 (with Ronald J. Angel).

1998. "Caring for Elderly Parents: Juggling Work, Family, and Caregiving in Middle and Working Class Families." Social Forces 76:1578-79.

1994. "Losing Generations: Adolescents in High-risk Settings." Contemporary Sociology 23:700-702.


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