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Department of Sociology at Lehman College

Esther Isabelle Wilder

Esther Isabelle WilderMy current research focuses on the importance of biomedical and social factors in shaping the experience of disability, factors that promote quantitative literacy skills, and the roles of race/ethnicity and religion in explaining demographic and economic outcomes. I have also looked at trends and patterns in scholarly publishing and access to the scholarly literature of demography and gerontology. I am especially interested in understanding the ways in which physical and social factors influence health and well-being.

I arrived at Lehman in the fall of 2002 and I feel very grateful to have the privilege of teaching the wonderful students here at Lehman College and the City University of New York (CUNY). Prior to my arrival at Lehman, I taught at the University of Oklahoma, Wellesley College, and the University of Rhode Island. I studied sociology (demography) in graduate school at Brown University and majored in journalism at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. I also spent time studying at Haverford College and Tel Aviv University.

With support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), I have been active in a variety of initiatives to promote best practices in STEM education and to improve students’ critical thinking and writing skill. You can learn more about my efforts to promote quantitative reasoning (QR) throughout the curriculum here.

You may contact me by e-mail ( or phone (718-960-1128). My office is in Carman Hall B-61.

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