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Aniruddha (Bobby) Das

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Assistant Professor

Stephen Leacock Building, Room 713
855 Sherbrooke Street West
Montreal, Quebec, H3A 2T7

Phone: 514-398-4582
Fax: 514-398-3403
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 trained at the Population Research Center and Center on Aging, University of Chicago. After receiving my doctorate, I completed post-doctoral training with the U.S. National Social Life, Health, and Aging Project (NSHAP), the first nationally-representative study of older adults to combine a wide range of social as well as biological measures. My previous work has been on sex and gender, and my current interests lie mainly in aging and the life course. In particular, I am interested in the interplay of biological and social systems in shaping life trajectories and health outcomes, including epigenetics and stress-metabolic pathways. A second set of interests involves social networks and health. This includes a developing project on the network flow of HIV in a large urban sample, using a SIM card reader and custom software to identify social ties from cell phone contact lists. A separate research strand will use Text Mining and web-based sampling to explore the world of online patient-to-patient networks, and its impact on the doctor-patient relationship.


Selected Publications

Das, Aniruddha, Edward O. Laumann, and Linda J. Waite. Forthcoming, 2011. “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. 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 345        Sociology of Aging and the Life Course