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Alexander Janus

Alexander Janus
Dr Alexander Janus
Lecturer in Quantitative Methods and Sociology
6.20 Chrystal Macmillan Building 15a George Square Edinburgh UK EH8 9LD
+44 (0)7454 922590 (cell); +44 (0)131 651 3965 (office)
Research Interests
Family Eldercare, Long-Term Services and Supports, Quantitative Methods

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I grew up outside of Chicago, IL. I have degrees from Carleton College in Northfield, MN (BA), the University of Wisconsin--Madison (MS), and the University of California, Berkeley (PhD). I worked as a statistician at the US Census Bureau in Washington, DC after earning my MS. Before coming to Edinburgh, I was a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Oxford.

My current research focuses on the role of family caregivers in older people's wider support networks. I also have extensive interests in quantitative analysis and survey methodology.

My research has received media coverage in the New York Times (, the Wall Street Journal, the Vancouver Sun, Breitbart News, and the PBS talk show Charlie Rose.

In addition to my role as Lecturer in Sociology and Quantitative Methods, I am affiliated with the Centre for Statistics, the Edinburgh Q-Step Centre, and the Centre for Research on Families and Relationships.


Janus, Alexander L. and Alison Koslowsi. 2019. "Whose Responsibility? Elder Support Norms Regarding the Provision and Financing of Assistance with Daily Activities across Economically Developed Countries.European Journal of Ageing Forthcoming.

Janus, Alexander L. and Pamela Doty. 2018. "Trends in Informal Care for Disabled Older Americans, 1982-2012." The Gerontologist 58(5):863-871.

Janus, Alexander L. and John Ermisch. 2015. "Who Pays for Home Care? A Study of Nationally Representative Data on Disabled Older Americans." BMC: Health Services Research 15:1-14.

Janus, Alexander L. 2013. “The Implications of Family Policy Regimes for Mothers’ Autonomy.” Research in Social Stratification and Mobility 34:96-110.

Janus, Alexander L. 2013. “The Gap Between Mothers’ Work -Family Orientations and Employment Trajectories in 18 OECD Countries.” European Sociological Review 29(4):752-766.

Hout, Michael and Alexander L. Janus. 2011. "Educational Mobility in the United States Since the 1930s." In Whither Opportunity? Rising Inequality and the Uncertain Life Chances of Low-Income Children, edited by G. Duncan and R. Murnane. New York: Russell Sage Foundation.

Janus, Alexander L. 2010. "The Influence of Social Desirability Pressures on Expressed Immigration Attitudes." Social Science Quarterly 91(4):928-46.

Janus, Alexander L. 2009. “Disability and the Transition to Adulthood.” Social Forces 88(1):99-120.

Day, Jennifer Cheeseman, Alexander L. Janus, and Jessica Davis. 2005. Computer and Internet Use in the United States. Washington, DC: US Department of Commerce.

Topics interested in supervising

Family Eldercare, Long-Term Services and Supports, Quantitative Analysis, Survey Methodology, Sociology of Aging, Social Gerontology, Social Demography, Sociology of Family, Long-Term Care Policy, Family Policy

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PhD in Social Policy; PhD in Sociology; MSc (R) Social Policy; MSc (R) Sociology