Toni M. Calasanti



McBryde Hall 
225 Stanger Street
Blacksburg, VA 24061


(540) 231-8961


Department Membership



  • Gender, especially in old age
  • Aging and ageism
  • Paid and unpaid labor
  • Aging bodies
  • Sexual inequality, gender, and old age

Professional Activities

  • Co-editor, Social Currents
  • Past Chair, Behavioral and Social Sciences, The Gerontological Society of America
  • Series editor, Diversity and Aging, Rowman & Littlefield
  • Series co-editor, Aging in a Global Context, Policy Press
  • Advisory board, International Institute on Ageing, United Nations – Malta.


  • B.A. Loyola-Marymount University
  • Ph. D. University of Kentucky

Awards and Honors

Florence L. Denmark Award for Distinguished Contributions to Women and Aging (with Kate Slevin). American Psychological Association, Society for the Psychology of Women.

Alumni Award for Research Excellence, Virginia Tech

Richard Kalish Innovative Publication Award, Behavioral and Social Science section, The Gerontological Society of America.

Selected Publications


Calasanti, Toni M. and Kathleen F. Slevin. 2001. Gender, Social Inequalities, and Aging. CA: Alta Mira Press.

Edited Books

Calasanti, Toni M. and Kathleen F. Slevin, eds. 2006. Age Matters: Re-Aligning Feminist Thinking. New York: Routledge. 


Calasanti, Toni. “Combating Ageism: How Successful is Successful Aging?” In Press, The Gerontologist. doi: 10.1093/geront/gnv076, published on line July 16, 2015.

Calasanti, Toni. 2010. “Gender and Applied Research on Aging.” The Gerontologist, (50th anniversary issue) 50(6): 1-15. doi: 10.1093/geront/gnq085

Calasanti, Toni. 2007. “‘Bodacious Berry,’ ‘Potency Wood,’ and the ‘Aging Monster’: Gender and Age Relations in Anti-Aging Ads.” Social Forces 86(1): 335-355.

Calasanti, Toni. 2004. “Feminist Gerontology and Old Men.”  Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences 59B(6): S305-314. doi: 10.1093/geronb/59.6.S305

Sponsored Research

Toni M. Calasanti.  “Gender Differences in Informal Care Work for Persons with Alzheimer’s Disease.”  Alzheimer’s & Related Diseases Research Award Fund. Virginia Center on Aging.  $24,975.

Amanda Grenier (PI), Bernard, M., Charpentier, M., Scharf, T., Phillipson, C., Brotman, S., Sussman, T., Katz, S., McMullin, J., Torres, S., Biggs, S., Calasanti, T., Dumas, A., Viroit-Durandal, J.P. (861-2008-1029). “Contemporary Issues in Critical Gerontology: An International Initiative.” Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). International Opportunities Fund, $25,000. 

Additional Information

Current Projects:

  • LGBT issues in later life, especially in relation to care work and to bodies and health.
  • Ageism (and images of aging) in popular culture and research, including programs that are "anti-aging," aging bodies.
  • Theorizing age relations, and exploring the interaction of these with masculinity and femininity (and ageism with other forms of oppression), particularly in relation to bodily changes.
  • Changing definitions of work (paid and unpaid) and retirement
  • Care work and gender