Merril Silverstein, Ph.D., is inaugural holder of the Marjorie Cantor Chair in Aging Studies at Syracuse University in the Department of Sociology and the Department of Human Development and Family Science. He received his doctorate in sociology from Columbia University, after which he served on the faculty of the Leonard Davis School of Gerontology at the University of Southern California. In over 170 research publications, he has focused on aging in the context of family life, with an emphasis on intergenerational relations in international perspective. He serves as principal investigator of the Longitudinal Study of Generations, and was an originator of the Longitudinal Study of Older Adults in Anhui Province, China. He is a Brookdale Fellow, a Fulbright Senior Scholar, and between 2010-2014 served as editor-in-chief of Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences.