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Nina Glasgow

Nina Glasgow

Senior Research Associate

250 Flex Warren Hall
(607) 255-1689

My scholarship is motivated primarily by an interest in aging in rural environments. I study the characteristics of older rural residents as well as how the conditions of rural communities and institutions affect rural older people. My research contributes to disciplinary concerns, outreach and to public policy discussions. I often use life course theory and methods to investigate the timing, context, history and trajectories of events and transitions in the lives of older rural residents. Most of my work has focused on the United States, but I have examined similar issues in Western and Eastern Europe. My research also focuses on health and health care in rural communities and what the implications are for community and rural development.

Research Focus

My research focuses on sociodemographic aspects of aging in rural environments and on rural population change more generally. Recently, my research has focused on rural retirement in-migration, examining the process through which older newcomers in rural retirement destinations re-establish formal and informal social ties and what effect that has on the health and well-being of older in-migrants. Older in-migrants often become social entrepreneurial in their rural retirement destination communities, and a portion of my work focuses on the community development implications for those communities.

Outreach and Extension Focus

One of my goals is to blend my scholarly research with outreach. I communicate evidence-based research findings to public and private decision makers on such topics as the rural development implications of population aging. I have carried out outreach activities by briefing Congress and state legislatures, organizing conferences, responding to requests for information from journalists and others and by publishing in outlets distributed to wide audiences.

Teaching Focus

Not applicable

Awards and Honors

  • David J. Allee & Paul R. Eberts 2010 Community and Economic Vitality Award (2010) Community and Regional Development Institute

Selected Publications

Journal Publications

Book Chapters

  • Berry, E. H., & Glasgow, N. (2013). Conclusions and Policy Implications for Aging in Rural Places. p. 355-368 Rural Aging in 21st Century America Glasgow, Nina and Berry, E. Helen (ed.), Springer, Dordrecht, The Netherlands.
  • Glasgow, N., & Berry, E. H. (2013). Introduction to Rural Aging in 21st Century America. p. 1-13 Rural Aging in 21st Century America Glasgow, Nina and Berry, E. Helen (ed.), Springer, Dordrecht, The Netherlands.
  • Bosworth, G., & Glasgow, N. (2012). Entrepreneurial Behavior among Rural In-migrants. p. 138- Rural Transformations and Rural Policies in the US and UK Shucksmith, Brown, Shortall, Vergunst, and Warner (ed.), Routledge.


  • Glasgow, N., & Berry, E. H. (2013). Rural Aging in 21st Century America. p. 384 pages Glasgow, Nina and Berry, E. Helen (ed.), Springer, Dordrecht, The Netherlands.

Presentations and Activities

  • Extreme Rural Population Aging: Causes and Consequences. Public lecture. October 2016. NY6 Upstate-Global Collective. Hamilton College, Clinton, New York.
  • The Gray Frontier: Rural Population Aging and Its Consequences. September 2016. Hamilton/Warren Counties Office for the Aging and Hamilton County Historian. Long Lake and Indian Lake, New York.
  • Aging in Rural America: 21st Century Trends. Briefing to U.S. Congress. June 2013. Consortium of Social Science Associations, American Sociological Association, Association of Population Centers, Population Association of America, Rural Sociological Society, Farm Foundation, Cornell Agricultural Experiment Station, Cornell Population Center, Cornell's Department of Development Sociology, University of New Hampshire's Carsey Institute, and Utah Agricultural Experiment Station . Washington, D.C.
  • Challenges and Opportunities of Rural Aging. Rivermead Seminar Series. April 2013. Rivermead Continuing Care Retirement Community. Peterborough, New Hampshire.