Publications and Papers Under Review

SCHOLARLY PUBLICATIONS (*=Graduate Student Co-Author)

Refereed Articles and Chapters:
Torres, Stacy and Griffin Lacy*. 2021. “Life Course Transitions, Personal Networks, and Social Support for LGBTQ+ Elders: Implications for Physical and Mental Health,Allen J. Le Blanc and Brea L. Perry (Eds.) Sexual and Gender Minority Health (Advances in Medical Sociology, Vol. 21), Emerald Publishing Limited: 157-179.

Torres, Stacy. 2020. “‘For a Younger Crowd’: Place, Belonging, and Exclusion among Older Adults Facing Neighborhood Change.Qualitative Sociology 43: 1-20. (Lead Article).

Torres, Stacy and Xuemei Cao*. 2019. “Improving Care for Older Adults Who Prefer Informal Spaces to Age-Separated Institutions and Healthcare Settings.Innovation in Aging 3(3), igz019,

Torres, Stacy. 2019. “On Elastic Ties: Distance and Intimacy in Social Relationships.” Sociological Science 6: 235-263. DOI: 10.15195/v6.a10
– Graduate Student Paper Award, ASA Aging and the Life Course Section
– Graduate Student Paper Award, ASA Community and Urban Sociology Section
– Graduate Student Paper Award, ASA Sociology of the Family Section

Torres, Stacy. 2018. “Aging Alone, Gossiping Together: Older Adults’ Talk as Social Glue.” The Journals of Gerontology: Series B, gby154, 10.1093/ geronb/gby154
– Innovative Research on Aging Bronze Award, Mather LifeWays Institute on Aging
– Media Coverage: TIME.comNeon Magazine; CNN; The Atlantic

Torres, Stacy. 2018. “Aging in Places.” Critical Gerontology Comes of Age: Advances in Research and Theory for a New Century, Chris Wellin, Ed. New York: Routledge/ Taylor & Francis.

Torres, Stacy. Spring 2014. “Aging Women, Living Poorer.” Contexts 13: 72-74.
                          *Nominee for 2014 Claude Award for Trends Essay, 2014

Unrefereed Articles:
Torres, Stacy and Erica Torres. 2020. “Healthcare Bias and Discrimination.” Contexts 19 (4): 96.

Torres, Stacy. 2017. “Gimme Shelter.” Contexts 16 (2): 76.

Gerson, Kathleen and Stacy Torres. 2015. “Changing Family Patterns and Family Life.” Emerging Trends in the Social and Behavioral Sciences. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.

Gerson, Kathleen (with Stacy Torres). 2012. “Families and Family Life,” Chapter 13 in The Sociology Project: Introducing the Sociological Imagination. Richard Arum, Lynne Haney and Jeff Manza (Eds). New York: Pearson.

Encyclopedia Entries:
Torres, Stacy. 2016. “Gender, Aging, and Ageism.The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Gender and Sexuality Studies. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing.

Torres, Stacy. In Press. “Making Lives Meaningful: Tales From an Aging Japan, by Iza Kavedžija.” Contemporary Sociology: A Journal of Reviews.

Cao, Xuemei* and Stacy Torres. 2018. Book Review. “Gray Divorce: What We Lose and Gain From Mid-Life Splits, by Jocelyn Elise Crowley.” Gender & Society 32(6): 927-928.

Torres, Stacy. 2018. “Failing in the Field: What We Can Learn When Field Research Goes Wrong, by Dean Karlan and Jacob Appel.” Contemporary Sociology: A Journal of Reviews 47 (2): 197-198.

Torres, Stacy. 2010. “Aging, Gran Torino-Style.” Contexts 9: 66-68.

Briefing Papers:
Klinenberg, Eric, Stacy Torres, and Elena Portacolone. 2012. “Aging Alone in America.” New York: Council on Contemporary Families Briefing Paper (May).
*Reprinted in Families as They Really Are (2015, 2nd Edition)


Torres, Stacy. (Under Contract). Old New York: Late Life in the City. Oakland, CA: University of California Press. Revision in Progress.

Hamiduzzaman, Mohammed, Stacy Torres, Amber Fletcher, Rezaul Islam, Jennene Greenhill. “Aging, Care and Dependency in Multimorbidity: How Relationships Affect Older Bangladeshi Women’s Use of Homecare and Health Services.” Under Review.


Torres, Stacy. 2021. “Violence and Hate Against Asian Americans Is a Health and Safety Crisis for Everyone.” Op-Ed. USA Today. 3/17.

Torres, Stacy. 2021. “Getting the COVID-19 Vaccine: I Put My Faith in Science, Moderna, and Myself.” Op-Ed. USA Today. 3/3.

Torres, Stacy. 2021. “What Does Joe Biden Need to Get Done in His First 100 Days?” Opinion. USA Today. 1/20.

Torres, Stacy. 2020. “Shopping for a Nursing Home in a Pandemic.” Op-Ed. The New York Times. 12/23.

Torres, Stacy. “Building Trust Across Communities.” Ask the Expert: How Can We Be Sure the New Covid-19 Vaccines Are Safe? UCSF Magazine. 12/8.

Torres, Stacy and Andrew Penn. 2020. “Nurses Are Crucial to the Pandemic Response. Why Aren’t They on Biden’s COVID-19 Board?” Op-Ed. Los Angeles Times. 11/23.

Torres, Stacy. 2020. “Joe Biden or Donald Trump: Closing Arguments from USA Today Opinion Contributors.” USA Today. 11/3.

Torres, Stacy. 2020. “Celebrating Día de Los Muertos in the Time of COVID-19.” Op-Ed. San Francisco Chronicle. 11/2.

Torres, Stacy. 2020. “Donald Trump and I Went to the Same Progressive Church, but He Betrayed Its Teachings.” Op-Ed. USA Today. 10/25.

Torres, Stacy. 2020. “Trump Vs. Biden: USA Today Opinion Contributors Assess the Final Presidential Debate.” 10/23

Torres, Stacy. 2020. “Isolation Kills, Especially Seniors. Community Spaces Can Be a Vaccine for COVID Loneliness.” Op-Ed. USA Today. 10/20.

Torres, Stacy. 2020. “Yes, Rochester Police, the Death of Mentally Ill Daniel Prude Is ‘Your Guys’ Fault.’” Op-Ed. USA Today. 9/15.

Torres, Stacy. 2020. “In California, the Future Is Now. It’s Grim.” Sunday Insight. San Francisco Chronicle. 8/30.

Torres, Stacy. 2020. “My Sister Doesn’t Have COVID-19, but I’m Scared She Won’t Make It Out of 2020.” Op-Ed. USA Today. 8/25.

Torres, Stacy. 2020. “My Name Is a Compromise. My Story Is Not.” Op-Ed. The Washington Post. 8/12.

Torres, Stacy. 2020. “A Tale of Two Cities: Stark Inequalities of Alameda and Oakland During the Pandemic and Protests.” CalMatters. 6/17.

Torres, Stacy. 2020. “I Have No Choice but to Take Hydroxychloroquine. Trump Has a Choice.” Op-Ed. The Washington Post. 5/19.
–Media Coverage: Roy Green Show, Global News Canada; Todo Noticias, Argentina.

Torres, Stacy. 2020. “After Coronavirus Expect High School Dropout Wave. 9/11 Was the Trigger for My Sisters.” Op-Ed. USA Today. 4/30.

Torres, Stacy. 2020. “Sci-fi by the Bay: Bracing for Post-Peak Coronavirus in the Cool, Gray City of Love.” Op-Ed. San Francisco Chronicle. 4/17.

Torres, Stacy. 2020. “Stop Hoarding Hydroxychloroquine. Many Americans, Including Me, Need It.” Op-Ed. The Washington Post. 3/24.
-Media Coverage: The Guardian; Vox.

Torres, Stacy. 2020. “Closed Community Spaces Due to Coronavirus Will Leave the Homeless Out in the Cold–It’s a Disgrace.” Commentary. CalMatters. 3/20.

Torres, Stacy. 2020. “The Danger of Social Isolation During a Pandemic.” Op-Ed. San Francisco Chronicle. 3/13.
-Media Coverage: CBS Bay Area/ KPIX; Yahoo News 360; ABC/ KGO-TV San Francisco; KRON 4; Her Campus; News Channel 3/ WREG Memphis; KQED-FM/ NPR Forum; This Morning with Alex Jensen/ TBS eFM 101.3 MHz, Seoul, South Korea; WHP/ CBS TV-News 21; New York Times/ ‘Personal Health.’; PBS Above the Noise; San Francisco Chronicle.

Torres, Stacy and Xuemei Cao*. 2020. “Coronavirus on College Campuses: Fight Fear and Racism Along with the Outbreak.” Op-Ed. USA Today. 3/1.
-Media Coverage: Vox; Washingtonian; National Geographic.

Torres. Stacy. 2020. “The Stories We Need for a Modern ‘Little Women.’” Op-Ed. San Francisco Chronicle. 1/6.

Torres, Stacy. 2019. “Ok, Boomer? Kids These Days? Why Generational Warfare Gets Us Nowhere.” Commentary. CalMatters. 12/29.

Torres, Stacy. 2019. “It’s Time to Dump the SAT.” Op-Ed. The Washington Post. 12/13.
-Media Coverage: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution; Yahoo Finance.

Torres, Stacy. 2019. “The Protests in Chile Aren’t About 30 Pesos. They’re About 30 Years of Failure.” Op-Ed. The Washington Post. 10/23.

Torres, Stacy. 2019. “Why We Won’t Call 911: Too Often, Police Officers’ Response to Mental Illness is Deadly.” Commentary. CalMatters. 10/13.
–Reprinted: San Francisco Chronicle).
-Media Coverage: The Appeal; CNN.

Torres, Stacy. 2019. “The California Dream Is Over. What Comes Next?” Op-Ed. The Washington Post. 10/10.

Torres, Stacy. 2019. “Women Grow More Radical with Age: Winning Older Voters in 2020.The Hill. 9/11.

Torres, Stacy. 2019. “My Sisters and the Long, Terrifying Shadow of Mass Violence.” Op-Ed. Los Angeles Times. 8/11.

Torres, Stacy. 2019. “Hiding from ICE, Hispanic Americans are Strangers in Our Own Land.” Op-Ed. The Washington Post. 7/21.

Torres, Stacy. 2019. “Goodbye, Childbearing Years–and Good Riddance.” San Francisco Chronicle. Op-Ed. 7/7.

Torres, Stacy. 2019. “How I Became ‘Rich.’Longreads. 6/20.

Torres, Stacy. 2019. “Happy ‘Other’ Mother’s Day.” Los Angeles Times. Op-Ed. 5/12.

Torres, Stacy. 2019. “Why I Won’t Ever Ditch My Tax Preparer.” San Francisco Chronicle. Op-Ed. 4/7.

Torres, Stacy. 2019. “We Must Prioritize Pedestrian Safety in Oakland and Other Bay Area Cities for the Good of Us All.” Sunday Insight. San Francisco Chronicle. Op-Ed. 2/8.

Torres, Stacy. 2018. “Middle-Class Shoppers Feel Retail Stores’ Decline Most Keenly at Christmas.The Sacramento Bee. Op-Ed. 12/21.

Torres, Stacy and Xuemei Cao*. 2018. “The Immigrant Grandparents America Needs.” The New York Times. Op-Ed. 8/20.

Torres, Stacy. 2018. “Why I Mourn the End of Craigslist Personals.” San Francisco Chronicle. Op-Ed. 4/4.

Torres, Stacy. 2017. “You Don’t Want to Buy Groceries From a Robot.” The New York Times. Op-Ed. 6/23.

Torres, Stacy. 2017. “The Admission.” Longreads. 5/5.

Torres, Stacy. 2017. “First-Generation College Students as Post Election Go-Betweens.” Forum. Berkeley Journal of Sociology. 5/4.

Torres, Stacy. 2017. “Tired of Working for Uncle Sam? Maybe You’ve Got ‘Ideological Whiplash.’Zócalo Public Square. 5/3.

Torres, Stacy. 2017. “Snowstorm Cleanup Deplorable in Albany.” Op-Ed. Times Union. 3/18.

Torres, Stacy. 2016. “Why I Live With a ‘Dumb’ Phone in a Smartphone World.” San Francisco Chronicle. Op-Ed. 12/14.

Torres, Stacy. 2016. “As Los Angeles Gets Younger, Skid Row Gets Older.Next City. 8/18.

Torres, Stacy. 2016. “Homeless Problem Can’t Be Swept Away.” San Francisco Chronicle. Op-Ed. 3/6.

Torres, Stacy. 2014. “How Do Older People Retain Autonomy?”  The Society Pages, Families as They Really Are (blog). 8/4.

Torres, Stacy. 2014. “Why Don’t Older People Want to Move in with Their Families?” The Society Pages, Families as They Really Are (blog). 7/21.

Torres, Stacy. 2014. “Chile Lost Yesterday, But They’ve Won My Dad’s Heart.” The New Republic, Goal Posts (World Cup blog). 6/29.

Torres, Stacy. 2014.  “Off Their Rockers: Challenging Stereotypes, Reinforcing Aging, or Both?Gender & Society (blog). 6/20.

Torres, Stacy. 2014. “Mental Health, Aging, and Men and Masculinities.” Masculinities 101 (blog). 5/7.

Torres, Stacy. 2014. “Old McDonald’s.” The New York Times. Op-Ed. 1/22.

Torres, Stacy. 2013. “When Mom Died.” Slate. 9/4.

Torres, Stacy. 2013. “Guide to NYC.Newsletter of the Social Psychology Section of the American Sociological Association 17 (2): 10-12.

Torres. Stacy. 2011. “Does Breast Cancer Awareness Month Crowd Out Other Diseases Affecting Women?Slate. 10/ 17.

Torres, Stacy. 2010. “How My Father Survived Chile’s Mines.” 9/23.

Torres, Stacy. 2010. “Chile’s World Cup.” Huffington Post. 7/28.

Torres, Stacy. 2010. “Bloomberg Shuttering Lifesaving Senior Centers.Huffington Post. 5/14.

Torres, Stacy. 2010. “Keep Our Eyes on the Street Open.”  Huffington Post. 5/5.

Torres, Stacy. 2010. “St. Vincent’s Death Will Mean Pain for Seniors.New York Daily News.  4/29.

Torres, Stacy. 2008. “Living With…The Washington Post. 11/25.

Torres, Stacy. 2008. “Dad and the Diner.” The New York Times. 7/ 27.

Torres, Stacy. 2004. “What are they reading?: Desert Memories: Journeys Through the Chilean North.” The 12/7.

Torres, Stacy. 2002. “Chile Faces the Mirror.” Letter. The New York Times. 3/14.

Torres, Stacy. 2001. “Displaced, but Lucky.” Letter. The New York Times. 10/17.