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Aniruddha (Bobby) Das

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Assistant Professor

Stephen Leacock Building, Room 712
855 Sherbrooke Street West
Montreal, Quebec, H3A 2T7

Phone: 514-398-4582
Fax: 514-398-7276
E-Mail: aniruddha [dot] das [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Aniruddha (Bobby) Das)
Office: 730 Leacock

Research Areas

Medical sociology; aging and life course; biodemography; gender and sex; quantitative methods; social networks; Natural Language Processing.



(PhD, The University of Chicago, 2008). Assistant Professor at McGill University since 2011.

I am a social demographer of aging and the life course. My previous work has been on sex and gender, and my current research focus is on population-based sociology with biomeasures. Within this broad area, the major theme is the long-term physiological consequences of social stressors, including stress-metabolic pathways and Allostatic Load. A second bio-social theme is sex hormones, their interaction with social assets (particularly religion), and the relative influence of these factors on partnership and other outcomes. Future goals include extending this work toward oxytocin and vasopressin for social attachment, pro-inflammatory cytokines, basal cortisol, and targeted genes for stress-hormone receptors—all starting to become available in public-use data. My long term agenda is to construct sociologically-nuanced and biologically-sensitive models of the life course, using and further developing the growing array of biosocial datasets.


Selected Publications

Das, Aniruddha, & Stephanie Nairn.* Forthcoming. “Religious Participation and Stress-Induced Physiological Weathering in Late Life.” Journals of Gerontology: Social Sciences.

Das, Aniruddha, & Stephanie Nairn.* 2014. “Conservative Christianity, Partnership, Hormones and Sex in Late Life.” Archives of Sexual Behavior.

Das, Aniruddha, & Stephanie Nairn.* 2013. “Race Differentials in Partnering Patterns Among Older U.S. Men: Influence of Androgens or Religious Participation?” Archives of Sexual Behavior, 42, 1119-1130 . 

Das, Aniruddha. 2013. “Spousal Loss and Health in Late Life: Moving Beyond Emotional Trauma.” Journal of Aging and Health, 25, 221-242.

Das, Aniruddha. 2013. “How Does Race Get “Under the Skin”?: Inflammation, Weathering, and Metabolic Problems in Late Life.” Social Science & Medicine, 77, 75-83.

Das, Aniruddha, Edward O. Laumann, and Linda Waite. 2012. “Sexual Expression Over the Life Course: Results from Three Landmark Surveys.” In Sexualities Over the Life Course: Emerging Perspectives, edited by John DeLamater and Laura Carpenter (pp. 236-259). New York: NYU Press.

Waite, Linda J., and Aniruddha Das. 2010. “Families, Social Life, and Well Being at Older Ages.” Demography, 47, S87-S109.

Das, Aniruddha, and Edward O. Laumann. 2010. “How to Get Valid Answers from Survey Questions: What We Learned from Asking about Sexual Behavior and the Measurement of Sexuality.” Pp. 9-26 in The SAGE Handbook of Measurement, edited by Geoffrey Walford, Madhu Viswanathan, and Eric Tucker. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Waite, Linda J., Edward O. Laumann, Aniruddha Das, and L. Philip Schumm. 2009. “Sexuality: Measures of Partnerships, Practices, Attitudes, and Problems in the National Social Life, Health and Aging Study.” Journals of Gerontology: Social Sciences 64B: i56-i66.

Das, Aniruddha. 2009. “Sexual Harassment at Work in the United States.” Archives of Sexual Behavior 38:909-921.

Das, Aniruddha, William L. Parish, and Edward O. Laumann. 2009. “Masturbation in Urban China.” Archives of Sexual Behavior 38: 108-120.

Waite, Linda J., Aniruddha Das, and Edward O. Laumann. 2008. “Sexual Activity, Later Life.” In Encyclopedia of the Life Course and Human Development, edited by Deborah Carr. Woodbridge, CT: Macmillan Reference USA.

Laumann, Edward O., Aniruddha Das, and Linda J. Waite. 2008. “Sexual Dysfunction Among Older Adults: Prevalence and Risk Factors from a Nationally Representative U.S. Probability Sample of Men and Women 57 to 85 Years of Age.” Journal of Sexual Medicine 5: 2300-2311.      

Das, Aniruddha. 2007. “Masturbation in the United States.” Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy 33: 301-317.

Parish, William L., Aniruddha Das, and Edward O. Laumann. 2006. “Sexual Harassment of Women in Urban China.” Archives of Sexual Behavior 35:411-425.


Courses Taught

Undergraduate Courses:

SOCI 385: Sociology of Human Sexuality

SOCI 461: Quantitative Data Analysis

Graduate Courses:

SOCI 588: Biosociology/Biodemography

SOCI 623: Latent Variable Models