Charles Peek



Associate Professor of Sociology



Turlington 3229


By appointment






Charles “Chuck” Peek received his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Michigan in 1995. His current research focuses on health and long-term care among the older population. Chuck is currently developing dynamic conceptual and analytical models of functional health. Specific foci of this research program include projects that examine salient longitudinal patterns of disability, cohort variation in functional health, determinants of recovery from disability, and ethnoracial differences in disablement and long-term care arrangements. Dr. Peek teaches courses in methods of social research, medical sociology, and sociology of aging.



Undergraduate Courses

Graduate Courses


Areas of Specialization

  • Demography of Health and Aging

  • Quantitative Methodology and Data Analysis

  • Medical Sociology

My research focuses primarily on health disparities in middle-age and late-life. I am currently working on projects that examine the ways that inequality translates into differential health outcomes over the lifecourse. I am also interested in the structure and evolution of social support networks. I regularly teach graduate and undergraduate courses in medical sociology and social research methods.

Selected Publications

Refereed Journals

  • Arroyo, J. and C.W. Peek. (2015) “Child welfare caseworker characteristics and their attitudes toward non-custodial fathers.” Child Abuse and Neglect (47): 140-152.

  • Latham, K. and C.W. Peek. 2013. “Self-Rated Health and Morbidity Onset among Late Midlife US Adults.” Journals of Gerontology: Social Sciences.

  • Landes, S. and C.W. Peek. 2012. “Death by mental retardation? The influence of ambiguity on death certificate coding error for adults with intellectual disability.” Journal of Intellectual Disability Research.

  • Jeffries, W. L., B.A. Zsembik, C.W. Peek, and C.R. Uphold. 2009. “Correlates of Sexual Health among HIV-Infected Men.” Sexual Health, 6(4): 285-292.

  • Peek, C. W., T. Koropeckyj-Cox, B. A. Zsembik, and R. T. Coward. 2004. “Race Comparisons of the Household Dynamics of Older Adults.” Research on Aging, 26(2): 179-201.

  • Duncan, R. P., G. H. Gilbert, C. W. Peek, M. W. Heft. 2003. “The dynamics of toothache pain and dental servicesutilization: 24-monthincidence.”JournalofPublicHealthDentistry,63:1-8.

  • Peek, C. W., G. H. Gilbert, and R. P. Duncan. 2002. “Predictors of chewing difficulty onset among dentate adults: 24-month incidence.” Journal of Public Health Dentistry, 62(4): 214-221.

  • Sandow, P. L., A. C. Jones, F. J. Courts, C. W. Peek, R. E. Watson, and C. G. Bennett. 2002. “Correlation of preadmission criteria and dental school performance: A three year study.” Journal of Dental Education, 66(3): 385-392.

  • Peek, M. K., R. T. Coward, and C. W. Peek. 2000. “The effects of sociodemographic characteristics and family structure on differences in the patterns of long-term care observed between racial groups.” Research on Aging, 22: 117-142.

  • Zsembik, B. A., M. K. Peek, and C. W. Peek. 2000. “Race and ethnic variation in the disablement process.” Journal of Aging and Health, 12: 229-249.

  • Peek, C. W., G. H. Gilbert, R. P. Duncan, M. W. Heft, and J. C. Henretta. 1999. “Patterns of change in self-reported oral health among dentate adults.” Medical Care 37: 1237-1248.

  • Dolan, T. A., C. W. Peek, A. E. Stuck, and J. C. Beck. 1998. “Functional health and dental service use among older adults.” Journals of Gerontology: Medical Sciences, 53A(6): M413-417.

  • Dolan, T. A., C. W. Peek, A. E. Struck, and J. C. Beck. 1998. “Three-year changes in global oral health rating by elderly dentate adults.” Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology, 26: 62-69.

  • Lee, G. R., C. W. Peek, and R. T. Coward. 1998. “Race differences in filial responsibility expectations among elderly parents.” Journal of Marriage and Family, 60(2): 404-413.

  • Peek, M. K., R. T. Coward, C. W. Peek, and G. R. Lee. 1998. “Are expectations for care related to the receipt of care? An analysis of patterns of patient care among disabled elders.” Journals of Gerontology: Social Sciences, 53B(3): S127-136.

  • Coward, R. T., C. W. Peek, J. C. Henretta, R. P. Duncan, M. C. Dougherty, and G. H. Gilbert. 1997. “Race and residence differences in the health of elders who live alone.” Journal of Aging and Health, 9(2):147-170.

  • Netzer, J. K., R. T. Coward, C. W. Peek, J. C. Henretta, R. P. Duncan, and M. C. Dougherty. 1997. “The use of formal services by older African-Americans and Whites.” Research on Aging, 19:300-332.

  • Peek, C. W., R. T. Coward, J. C. Henretta, R. P. Duncan, and M. C. Dougherty. 1997. “Differences by race in the decline of health over time.” Journals of Gerontology: Social Sciences, 52B(6): S336-S344.

  • Peek, C. W., R. T. Coward, G. R. Lee, and B. A. Zsembik. 1997. “The influence of community context on the preferences of older adults for entering a nursing home.” The Gerontologist, 37: 533-542.

  • Peek, C. W., B. A. Zsembik, and R. T. Coward. 1997. “The changing caregiving networks of older adults.” Research on Aging, 19:333-361.

  • Peek, C. W., J. C. Henretta, R. T. Coward, R. P. Duncan, and M. C. Dougherty. 1997. “Race and residence variation in living arrangements among unmarried older adults: Findings from a sample of Floridians.” Research on Aging, 19:46-68.

  • Coward, R. T., C. Horne, and C. W. Peek. 1995. “Predicting nursing home admissions among incontinent older adults: A comparison of residential differences across six years.” The Gerontologist, 35:732-743.

  • Zsembik, B. A. and C. W. Peek. 1994. “The effect of economic restructuring on Puerto Rican women’s labor force participation in the formal sector.” Gender and Society, 8:525-540.

    • Reprinted in: M. Baca Zinn, E. N. Chow, and D. Wilkinson (eds.) 1995. Common Bonds, Different Voices: Race, Class, and Gender. Beverly Hills, CA: Sage Publications, Inc.

Book Chapters

  • Peek, C.W. 2009. “Population Aging.” Encyclopedia of Life Course and Human Development. Framing Hills, MI: Gale.

  • Peek, C.W. and K. Latham. 2009. “Acute and Chronic Illnesses.” Encyclopedia of Death and the Human Experience. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

  • Peek, C. W. and B. A. Zsembik. 2004. “Health Disparities among Rural African-Americans.” In N. Glasgow, L. Morton, and N. Johnson (Eds.) Critical Issues in Rural Health. Ames, IA: Iowa State Press.

  • Coward, R. T., J. K. Netzer, and C. W. Peek, and. 1998. “Older Rural African-Americans.” In R. T. Coward & J. A. Krout (Eds.), Aging in Rural Settings: Life Circumstances and Distinctive Features. New York, NY: Springer Publishing, Inc.

  • Coward, R. T. and C. W. Peek. 1997. “Rural Elders.” Pp. 220-223 in Encyclopedia of Rural America: The Land and the People, edited by G. A. Goreham. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO.

  • Coward, R. T., J. K. Netzer, and C. W. Peek. 1996. “Obstacles to Creating High Quality Long-Term Care Services for Rural Elders.” Pp. 10-34 in Long-Term Care for the Rural Elderly, edited by G. D. Rowles, J. E. Beaulieu, and W. W. Myers. New York, NY: Springer Publishing Company, Inc.