Faculty Directory

Jacquelyn James

Co-director, Center on Aging & Work


Jacquelyn B. James is director of the Sloan Research Network on Aging & Work and research professor in the Lynch School of Education at Boston College. Her research has focused on the meaning and experience of work, gender roles and stereotypes, adult development, perceptions of older workers and emerging retirement issues. She and her colleagues have published numerous articles, opinion pieces, and four edited books. Most recently, Dr. James, along with Dr. Marcie Pitt-Catsouphes, edited a special issue of the journal, Work, Aging & Retirement—Change in the Meaning and Experience of Work in Life. James is past president of the Society for the Study of Human Development and serves on the editorial board of Work, Aging & Retirement. Currently, she is working to build a multi-disciplinary research network to support scholars from the U.S. and abroad in understanding, explaining, and responding to the changing context of aging and work.

Selected Appointments and Awards


  • Co-director, Center on Aging & Work January (2015 – present)
  • Director of Research, Sloan Center on Aging & Work (June 1, 2009 – January, 2015) 
  • Research Professor, Lynch School of Education (2004 – present)
  • Director of Research, Center for Work & Family (2004 – 2009)


  • Editor's Choice Award: Ludlow, Matz-Costa, Johnson, Brown, Besen & James (2014). Measuring engagement in later life activities; Rasch-based scenario scales for work, caregiving, informal helping and volunteering. Association for Assessment and Research in Counseling. 
  • Fellow, Behavioral and Social Sciences Division of the Gerontological Society of America (May, 2013)
  • Exemplary Service Award from Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study (June 2000)