Tanya Koropeckyj-Cox

Associate Professor, Sociology



Ph.D. Sociology and Demography, University of Pennsylvania, 1998

Areas of Interest

  • Aging and the Life Course
  • Health
  • Family and Gender




My research has focused on parenthood, childlessness, and social change. I am continue to examine the psychosocial consequences of childlessness and singlehood over the life course and in later life, using both quantitative analyses of U.S. survey data and qualitative analyses of in-depth interviews with older men and women. My recent work has explored attitudes about childlessness using U.S. survey data and an original survey of college students. I am collaborating with Dr. Zeynep Copur (Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey) on a parallel, comparative survey of U.S. and Turkish university students. Other recent research projects have included a study of older American Jews (with Dr. Allen Glicksman, Philadelphia Corporation for Aging) and analyses of attitudes about immigration and population aging in Europe (with Dr. Alin Ceobanu).

Tanya Koropeckyj-Cox completed her Ph.D. in Sociology and Demography at the University of Pennsylvania in 1998. Before coming to the University of Florida, she was an NIA post-doctoral fellow at Johns Hopkins University. She has taught at the University of Florida since 2000, where she is also an affiliate faculty member with the Center for Women’s Studies and Gender Research and Center for European Studies and a faculty mentor in the interdisciplinary training program in aging. Her research has focused on marital status, parenthood, and childlessness. Using a life course perspective, her research examines the links between individual lives and larger historical and social circumstances. In particular, she has explored changing attitudes and implications of childlessness and singlehood, especially among women. Most recently, her work has focused on attitudes about childlessness among younger adults and what they may reveal about gender, family issues, and concerns about work-family dilemmas. Her research has been published in a variety of top social science journals in gerontology, family studies, and gender. Her research has also garnered press and public radio news coverage in Florida, nationally, and internationally.

Phone: (352) 294-7177

Room: 3353

Office Hours:

  • Tuesday and Thursday 12:30pm – 1:45pm
  • Wednesday 9:45am – 11:45am, or by appointment

Email: tkcox@ufl.edu