Gray Divorce


After twenty, thirty, or even forty years of marriage, countless vacations together, raising well-adjusted children, and sharing property and finances—what could go wrong?


Gray Divorce is a provocative look at the growing rate of marital splits after the age of 50. Renowned author and researcher Jocelyn Elise Crowley uncovers the reasons why men and women divorce—and the penalties and benefits that they receive for their choices. From the outside, many may ask why couples in mid-life and readying for retirement choose to make a drastic change in their marital status. Yet, nearly 1 out of every 4 divorces is “gray.” With a deft eye, Crowley analyzes the differing experiences of women and men in this mid-life transition— understanding the seismic shift in individual priorities, the role of increased life expectancy, and how women are affected economically while men are affected socially. With a realistic yet passionate voice, Crowley shares the personal positive outlooks and the necessary supportive public policies that must take place to best help the newly divorced. Engaging and instructive, Gray Divorce is a must-read for anyone interested in contemporary American culture.

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Dr. Crowley's work on gray divorce is discussed in a September 2018 article in U.S. News & World Report.

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Read Dr. Crowley's article, "Baby Boomers are Divorcing for Surprisingly Old-Fashioned Reasons" at Aeon.com. 

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Recent Awards

In 2018, Crowley received the Leslie A. Whittington Excellence in Teaching Award from the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA), which represents over 300 public policy schools all over the country. In addition, Crowley was the 2018 recipient of the Warren I. Susman Award for Excellence in Teaching. The award is Rutgers University’s highest honor in recognition of outstanding service in stimulating and guiding the intellectual development of students at Rutgers University by a tenured faculty member. Dr. Crowley also received the 2018 Jerome Rose Excellence in Teaching Award presented by the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.