It's About Time- Conference on the Study of Lives through Time


Penn State University, May 28-30, 2019
Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center, University Park, PA

This conference considers the state of knowledge in the area of longitudinal studies of the life course and its future. The presentations will serve as the basis of thought and discussion regarding the adequacy of current longitudinal designs to inform elements of the life course paradigm. Our conception of the life course, shaped by Glen Elder’s pioneering work, includes the well-known elements: human development across the entire life-span, human agency in the construction of lives, social networks and the linked nature of lives, the importance of time (both biographical and historical), considerations of social stratification and inequality, and the timing and sequence of influential events, exposures and transitions, as well as their consequences. This conference addresses the extent to which longitudinal research designs help answer these questions. The presentations will cover a wide range of issues spanning the diversity of methodological strategies and the nature of longitudinal designs.

Results of the conference will be disseminated widely in traditional academic outlets, as well as in press releases at the time of the conference. An ultimate goal of the conference is the potential publication of an edited book of collected papers on this topic.

Organizing Committee

Duane F. Alwin, PhD (co-chair), Penn State University

Linda A. Wray, PhD (co-chair), Penn State University

Tim Futing Liao, Phd, University of Illinois—Champaign-Urbana

Liying Luo, PhD, Penn State University

Richard A. Settersten, Jr., PhD, Oregon State University

Ashton Verdery, PhD, Penn State University

All Penn State Faculty, Staff and Students (graduate and undergraduate) are invited to attend.

Please fill out our Online Registration Form in order to secure a seat. Registration for this event will be closed by May 21, 2019.