John F. Watkins, PhD
Professor | DGS & Chair, Graduate Center for Gerontology
725 Rose St.
MDS 401G
Lexington, KY 40536-0082
Contact: | 859.218.0240




PhD, Geography - Formal/Mathematical Demography

University of Colorado, Boulder


MA, Geography - Population Sciences

University of Colorado, Boulder


BS, Geography and Environmental Planning

Elmhurst College



Dr. John F. Watkins is Professor, Chair, and Director of the Graduate Center for Gerontology. Trained as a mathematical demographer, but armed with ethnographic skills associated with life history narratives, he applies his craft in critical and theory-based studies of the demographic processes of population aging and the aged, population growth and redistributional impacts, and life course influences on later life health behaviors and notions of home. John is past president of the Population Specialty Group and Aging Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers, served on the senior advisory panel of the National Science Foundation, is a Fellow of the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education, and has received numerous departmental, college, university, and national awards for his teaching and advising.

Research Interests:

•    Later life health behaviors
•    Population growth
•    Demographics