Michelle P. Silver

Ph.D (University of Chicago)
MPP (University of California)
BA (University of California)
BS (University of California)

Michelle Pannor Silver, PhD, is an Associate Professor with cross-appointments in the Department of Sociology, the Interdisciplinary Center for Health and Society, and the Institute for Life Course and Aging. Her book, Retirement and Its Discontents: Why we won’t stop working, even if we can, was published in 2018 by Columbia University Press. Her research has been supported by grants from multiple funding agencies including the Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), the Connaught New Researcher Award, and the Mitacs Accelerate Program.

Professional Interests

Gerontology, aging and the life course, retirement, pensions, health care expenditures, health information seeking behaviors, perceptions about aging

Research Interests

  • Health Economics
  • Health Informatics
  • Health Policy
  • Health Services Research
  • Knowledge Translation


Thesis Supervision (2011+)

  1. Laura Kathleen Easty. Primary Care Provider’s Perspectives on Physical Activity Counseling (2018)