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 discusses her research on financial well-being after a mid-life divorce in a March 2023 AARP article.

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Dr. Crowley discusses the problem of sexual harassment i​n the fashion industry and what we must do about it in her blog post for Gender & Society in September 2021.

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Dr. Crowley talks about her recent work on sexual harassment on the EJB Talks Podcast, "We Haven't Come a Long Way Baby: Sexual Harassment in the Workplace" in June 2021.

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Dr. Crowley discusses the broader, societal impacts of mid-life divorce in the context of the Bill and Melinda Gates split: The Wall Street Journal, May 5, 2021.

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Dr. Crowley's comments about the Bill and Melinda Gates split are picked up by People magazine on May 6, 2021.

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Watch videos and listen to interviews from hosts such as Rosanna Scotto and Lori Stokes from Good Day New York, Dr. Robi Ludwig, and Patricia Raskin.

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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.

Dr. Sheldon Edner from the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University presented Dr. Jocelyn Elise Crowley of Rutgers University with the Leslie A. Whittington Award for Excellence in Teaching from the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration in October 2018.