Eric Kingson

Professor, School of Social Work, Falk College of Sport & Human Dynamics

Faculty Affiliate, Aging Studies Institute
Senior Research Associate, Center for Policy Research
Coordinator, Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Minor in Gerontology

Curriculum Vitae


Eric Kingson, professor of social work, is a member of the Syracuse University School of Social Work’s faculty.  A 2007 recipient of the Syracuse University Chancellor’s Citation for Faculty Excellence and Scholarly Distinction and Syracuse University’s 2010 Martin Luther King, Jr. Unsung Hero Award,  he is founding co-director of the Social Security Works ( ), and co-chairs the Strengthen Social Security Campaign ( ), a coalition of over 300 national and state organizations.  A founding board member of the National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI),  he is a past-chair of the Social Research, Policy and Practice section of the Gerontological Society of America and is currently on the board of the National Committee for the Preservation Social Security and Medicare Foundation.

Kingson served as policy advisor to two presidential commissions (1982-3, 1994-5) and directed the Emerging Issues in Aging Program of the Gerontological Society of America (1984-5). He received his doctorate in 1979 from Brandeis University’s Florence Heller School for Social Policy and Management; his M.P.A. in 1976 from Northeastern University.   His scholarship examines the politics and economics of population aging, Social Security policy, the baby boomers, and cross-generational obligations.  His research also examines the distributional effects of changes in retirement age.


Ph.D., Brandeis University, Florence Heller School, 1979
MPA, Northeastern University, 1975
B.A., Boston University, 1968


Phone: (315) 443-1838

Location: 222 White Hall

Current Research Projects:

Social Security Works. Atlantic Philanthropies (2010-2013).