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Janel Benson

Janel Benson

Associate Professor of Sociology
Sociology & Anthropology, 425 Alumni Hall
p 315-228-6095


BA, Franklin and Marshall College; MA, PhD, University of Pennsylvania


My research investigates sources of risk and resiliency in the transition from early adolescence to young adulthood to understand how contexts of development in early life shape identity, health, and mobility in adulthood.


Transition to adulthood, life course, inequality in higher education, qualitative and quantitative methods


Benson, Janel. 2014. Re-evaluating the “Subjective Weathering Hypothesis”:  An Examination of Subjective Aging in the Stress Process.” Journal of Health and Social Behavior, 55 (1): 73-90.

Benson, Janel. 2013. “The Transition to Adulthood.” In The Handbook of Child Well-being: Theories, Methods, and Policies in Global Perspective (pp. 1763-1783)edited by Asher Ben-Arieh, Ferran Casas, Ivar Frones, and Jill Korbin. Dorcrecht: Springer.

Benson, Janel, Monica K. Johnson, and Glen H. Elder. 2012. "The Implications of Young Adult Identity for Educational and Work Attainment in Young Adulthood." Developmental Psychology, 48(6): 1752-1758.

Johnson, Monica and Janel Benson. 2012. “Family Context, Parent-Child Relationships, and Achievement in Young Adulthood.” In Early Adulthood in a Family Context, edited by Alan Booth, Susan L. Brown, Nancy Landale, Wendy Manning, and Susan M. McHale. New York: Springer.

Benson, Janel and Glen Elder, Jr. 2011. “Young Adult Identities and Their Pathways: A Developmental and Life Course Model.” Developmental Psychology, 14(6): 1646-1657.

Burdette, Amy; Wang, Victor; Elder, Glen H.; Hill, Terrence; Benson, Janel. 2009. “Serving God and Country? Religious Involvement and Military Service among Young Adult Men.” Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, 48(4): 794-804.

Benson, Janel and Monica Kirkpatrick Johnson. 2009. “Adolescent Family Context and Adult Identity Formation.” Journal of Family Issues, 30(9): 1265-1286.

Benson, Janel. 2007. “Make New Friends but Keep the Old: Peers and the Transition to College.” Advances in Life Course Research, 12: 309-334.

Benson, Janel and Frank F. Furstenberg. 2006. “Entry into Adulthood: Are Adult Role Transitions Meaningful Markers of Adult Identity?” Advances in Life Course Research, 11: 199-224.

Benson, Janel. 2006. “Exploring the Racial Identities of Black Immigrants in the United States.” Sociological Forum, 21: 219-247.

Teaching Experience

Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods; Sociology of Education; Sociology of the Family; Introduction to Sociology; Senior Research Seminar in Sociology; Intergroup Dialogue; Community-Based Participatory Research.

Media Coverage

Radio interview with Nikki Medoro of KGO Radio in San Francisco about the consequences of growing up too fast (11/30/2012)

Contribution to the New York Times Room for Debate Discussion on Family Values (April, 24, 2012): "Regulating Sex is a Distraction."


  • Women's Studies Advisory Board, Colgate University
  • Intergroup Dialogue Advisory Board, Colgate University
  • Committee on Athletics, Colgate University
  • Academic Liaison, Colgate University Women's Softball Team
  • Institutional Review Board, Colgate University
  • Board Member, A Better Chance Fayetteville-Manlius