Department Chair

Duane Matcha

Duane Matcha, Ph.D.
Professor of Sociology
Office Location: Rosetti Hall 325
Office Phone Number: 518-783-2944

Link to CV

Educational Background:

B.A. Social Science Minot State College
1974 Minot, North Dakota

M.A. Social Science North Dakota State University
1980 (Sociology) Fargo, North Dakota
Thesis Title: “Attitudes Towards Multi-Generational Living Arrangements: A National

Ph.D. Sociology Purdue University
West Lafayette, Indiana
Dissertation Title: “Determinants of Disengagement Among Nursing Home

Courses Taught: 

General Sociology, Comparative Health Care Systems**, Current Social Problems Capstone in Health Studies**, Sociology of the Family, Sociology of Small Group, Social Psychology of Marriage Dynamics*, Social Psychology Readings in Sociology*, The Sociology of Aging, Urban Sociology, Sex Roles and Society*, Social Science Research Methods, Medical Sociology*, Contemporary Theory, The Sociology of Mental Illness**, The Sociology of Bioethics**, Health, Politics, and the Media in the 21st Century**

*Denotes new course development at the University of Findlay
**Denotes new course development at Siena College

Research Interests: 

My research interests combine my specialty areas of medical sociology and the sociology of aging. Specifically, I am interested in the structural impediments to health care reform efforts associated with the United States. I am also interested in the ongoing structural changes and consequences associated with health care systems in the former Eastern Bloc nations of Europe and the impact of change on vulnerable populations such as the elderly. Intersecting health care systems with aging populations, I am interested in the impact of demographic changes on health care systems. In other words, why are some health care systems better able to absorb shifts in the demographic structure of society than others?

More recently, I am interested in the role of the media relative to the creation of societal impressions of aging populations. Specifically, how are these impressions interpreted and what are the consequences? Do media impressions marginalize and homogenize the aging process worldwide? If so, can that similarity be harnessed to provide elderly populations with the basis for an international social movement?