Dale Dannefer (Ph.D., Rutgers) is Selah Chamberlain Professor and Chair of the Department of Sociology. His scholarly work focuses on understanding human development and life course patterns as constituted through social forces and their interaction with individual-level processes. A pioneer in developing cumulative advantage theory as an explanatory life-course framework and in articulating the implications of critical social theory for studying age and the life course, he has published extensively in sociology, psychology, human development, education and gerontology. Professor Dannefer’s current scholarship focuses on life-course institutionalization and globalization, and integrating micro- and macro-levels of life-course analysis. He has also conducted research on “culture change” in long-term care settings. Professor Dannefer teaches courses on the sociology of the life course, education, work and social theory. He has been a research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development and Education in Berlin, at the Andrus Gerontology Center at the University of Southern California, and in the Social Control program at Yale University.