University of Calgary

Alex Bierman

  • Associate Professor

Office Hours

(Jan 14 - Apr 14)
(Jan 14 - Apr 14)

Recent Grants

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, 2018-2020.  The Complexity of the Caregiving Outcomes: Understanding the Role of Social Statuses and Social Resourcesand Resources.  $65,410.  (Co-Investigator with Yeonjung Lee, P.I.).

Canadian Institutes of Health Research, 2014-2019.  Demands and Resources in Work and Family Life: Waves 3-5.  $856,175.  (Co-Investigator with Scott Schieman, P.I.).

Canadian Institutes of Health Research, 2010-2014.  Demands and Resources in Work and Family Life and their Implications for Stress and Health among Canadians.  $800,000.  (Co-Investigator with Scott Schieman, P.I.).

University Research Grants Committee Starter Grant, University of Calgary, 2010-2012.  Aging and Health: A Cross-National Perspective.  $18,000.  (Alex Bierman, P.I.).


Alex Bierman’s research encompasses a broad number of topics, such as health, aging, social psychology, religion, military sociology, and the family.  In reflection of the diversity of these interests, this research has been published in diverse collections of outlets, including journals dedicated to health (Social Science and Medicine; Society and Mental Health), aging (The Gerontologist; Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences), religion (Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion; Sociology of Religion), and social psychology (Social Psychology Quarterly), among others.  He also sits on the editorial boards of several journals dedicated to these areas of study, and co-edited the second edition of the Handbook of Sociology of Mental Health with Carol Aneshensel and Jo Phelan. 

Bierman’s research is united by an interest in social inequality and stress.  Across these topics of study, Bierman examines how social inequality conditions both exposure to stress and the consequences of stress for well-being.  He further examines how engagement in fundamental institutions of social life intersect with inequality to aid in coping with stress.  Frequently, he examines these questions in the context of aging.  This research typically involves applying advanced methods of longitudinal data analysis to large population surveys, thereby providing a rigorous understanding of the causes and consequences of stress exposure as critically based in structures of inequality.

For a complete list of Dr. Bierman's publications, please download his CV, which can be found on the right side of this web page.


  • PhD - Sociology
    Maryland University, 2007
  • MA - Sociology
    Maryland University, 2002
  • BS - Religious Studies (with honors) and Psychology
    University of Oregon, 1997


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