Department of Sociology

Esther Isabelle Wilder

I currently teach death, dying and bereavement, and the sociology of healthcare. I have also taught a variety of courses, including demography, inequality, and the sociology of reproduction.

My current research focuses on the sociology of disability, risky health behaviors, inequality and health outcomes, and quantitative literacy in sociology programs. I am especially interested in understanding the ways in which physical and social factors influence health and well-being.

Over the years, I have also investigated economic factors in scholarly publishing, access to the scholarly literature of demography and gerontology, ethnic differences in family planning use in Israel, the economic status of Jews, and Jewish identity in the United States.

You may contact me by e-mail (esther.wilder@lehman.cuny.edu) or phone (718-960-1128).

Publications:

Books

  • Wilder, Esther Isabelle. 2006. Wheeling and Dealing: The Reconstruction of Identity in the Aftermath of Spinal Cord Injury. Nashville: Vanderbilt University Press. (Awarded the Norman L. and Roselea J. Goldberg Prize for the best work in medicine by Vanderbilt University Press.)
  • Wilder, Esther Isabelle and William H. Walters. 2005. The Needs and Rights of Individuals with Disabilities: Voices from the Heartland. Brookline, MA: Brookline Books.

Refereed Articles

  • Wilder, Esther Isabelle. 2009. "Responding to the Quantitative Literacy Gap among Students in Sociology Courses." Teaching Sociology 34 (April): 151-170.
  • Walters, William H., and Esther I. Wilder. 2007. "The Cost Implications of Open-Access Publishing in the Life Sciences." BioScience 57, 7: 619-625.
  • Hope, Trina L., Esther I. Wilder, and Toni Terling Watt. 2003. "The Relationships Among Adolescent Pregnancy, Pregnancy Resolution and Juvenile Delinquency." The Sociological Quarterly 44, 4: 555-576.
  • Walters, William H., and Esther I. Wilder. 2003. "Bibliographic Index Coverage of a Multidisciplinary Field." Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology54, 14: 1305-1312.
  • Walters, William H., and Esther I. Wilder. 2003. "Disciplinary Perspectives on Later-Life Migration in the Core Journals of Social Gerontology." The Gerontologist. 43, 5: 758-760.
  • Wilder, Esther I., and Toni Terling Watt. 2002. "Risky Parental Behavior and Adolescent Sexual Behavior at First Coitus." The Milbank Quarterly80, 3: 481-524.
  • Wilder, Esther I. 2000. "The Contraceptive Revolution in Israel: Changing Family Planning Practices among Ethno-Immigrant Groups." Social Science Research 29, 1: 70-91.
  • Wilder, Esther I. 2000. "Socioeconomic and Cultural Determinants of Abortion among Jewish Women in Israel." European Journal of Population 16, 2: 133-162.
  • Wilder, Esther I. 2000. "Contraceptive Use at First Intercourse among Jewish Women in Israel." Population Research and Policy Review 19, 2: 113-141.
  • Wilder, Esther I., and William H. Walters. 1998. "Ethnic and Religious Components of the Jewish Income Advantage, 1969 and 1989." Sociological Inquiry 68, 3: 426-436.
  • Walters, William H., and Esther I. Wilder. 1997. "American Jewish Household Income, 1969 and 1989." Journal of Economic and Social Measurement 23, 2: 197-212.
  • Wilder, Esther I. 1996. "Socioeconomic Attainment and Expressions of Jewish Identification: 1970 and 1990." Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 35, 2: 109-127.

Book Reviews

  • Wilder, Esther I. 2004. Review of Running After Pills: Politics, Gender, and Contraception in Colonial Zimbabwe, by Amy Kaler. American Journal of Sociology 110(3): 822-823.
  • Wilder, Esther I. 2000. Review of Gendering Politics: Women in Israel, by Hanna Herzog. Gender and Society 14, 5: 701-702.
  • Wilder, Esther I. 1992. Review of Smart Jews, by Sander Gilman. Journal of Social and Behavioral Sciences 27, 2: 104.

Research Grants:

External Funding
  • Principal Investigator. (with Dr. Kofi Benefo, co-PI, Dr. Elhum Haghighat, co-PI, and Dr. Elin Waring, co-PI). "Integrating Data Analysis Into the Curriculum: Bridging the Quantitative Literacy Gap of Undergraduate Students in the Social Sciences." National Science Foundation (NSF). 2004-2007. ($175,000).
  • Principal Investigator. "The Needs and Rights of Individuals with Disabilities." The Oklahoma Office of Handicapped Concerns (OHC). 2001-2002. ($24,000).
Internal Funding
  • Principal Investigator. "Physical Disability and Academic Achievement: The Role of Biomedical and Social Factors." Professional Staff Congress-The City University of New York (PSC-CUNY). 2008-2009. ($3,021.51).
  • Principal Investigator. "Physical Disability and Academic Achievement: The Role of Biomedical and Social Factors." Faculty Development and George N. Shuster Fellowship, Lehman College. 2008-2009. (Course release).
  • Principal Investigator. "An Evaluation of the Effectiveness of Active Learning in Promoting Quantitative Literacy among Students in Sociology Courses." Professional Staff Congress-The City University of New York (PSC-CUNY). 2006-2007. ($2,722.50).
  • Principal Investigator. "An Evaluation of the Effectiveness of the Integrating Data Analysis (IDA) Project in the Sociology Program at Lehman College." Faculty Development Grant, Lehman College. 2006-2007. (Course release).
  • Principal Investigator. "Wheeling and Dealing: The Reconstruction of Identity in the Aftermath of Spinal Cord Injury." George N. Shuster Fellowship, Lehman College. 2005-2006. ($2,250).
  • Principal Investigator. "Health Status, Risky Behavior, and Academic Achievement at a Minority-Serving Institution . Peoples' Staff Congress-The City University of New York (PSC-CUNY). 2005-2006. ($3,840).
  • Principal Investigator. "Individuals with Disabilities Voices Their Concerns: Voices from the Heartland and Social Adjustment to Spinal Cord Injury." Peoples' Staff Congress-The City University of New York (PSC-CUNY). 2004-2005. ($4,140).
  • Principal Investigator. "Social Adjustment among Individuals with Spinal Cord Injury." George N. Shuster Fellowship, Lehman College. 2003-2004. ($1,300).
  • Principal Investigator. "The Social Experience of Spinal Cord Injury." PSC-CUNY. 2003-2004. ($4,840).
  • Principal Investigator. (with Jeffrey Henderson, undergraduate student, co-PI). "Social Adjustment among Students with Disabilities." The University of Oklahoma. 2001-2002. ($1,000).
  • Principal Investigator. "Responses to Disaster." The University of Oklahoma, Junior Fellowship Award. 2000. ($6,000).
  • Principal Investigator. "The Social Concerns of Students with Disabilities." The University of Oklahoma. 2000-2001. ($1,000).
  • Principal Investigator. "An Analytic Framework for Understanding Racism." Wellesley College. 1998-1999. ($2,450).
  • Principal Investigator. "Abortion and Contraceptive Use among Jewish Women in Israel." Population Studies and Training Center, Brown University. 1994. ($1,600).

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