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Debra Street

Professor and Chair


PhD (1996), Florida State University

Research Interests:
Health and income security; long-term care; families, aging and the life course; comparative public policies/welfare state; social dynamics of interdisciplinary research; mixed-methods research design

Debra Street, Professor of Sociology, chairs the UB Department of Sociology. She is the recipient of the 2011 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and the 2013-14 UB Gender Institute Janice L. Moritz Distinguished Lecture Award. She conducts research on issues associated with health and income security over the life course. For additional information on the 2015 UB Semester in London program or the London Winter Session course Sociology of Food, contact her directly ( or contact the UB Study Abroad office for further details.

Undergraduate instruction:
SOC 497                 Sociology Honors
SOC 496                 Sociology Internship
SOC 493                 Political Sociology
SOC 477                 Sociology of Social Policy
SOC 467                 Sociology of Health Care
SOC 358                 Sociology of Food
SOC 322                 Medical Sociology
SOC 304                 Sociology of Aging
SOC 293                 Social Science Research Methods
SOC 206                 Social Problems
SOC 101                 Introduction to Sociology

Graduate instruction:
SOC 606                 Graduate Research Methods
SOC 582                 ST: Mid-life & Later Adulthood: Canadian & American Experiences
SOC 582                 ST: Health, Life Course, and Public Policy
SOC 555                 Sociology of Aging: Theory and Research
SOC 542                 Social Organization of Health Care
SOC 541                 Sociology of Health and Illness

Debi Street teaches graduate and undergraduate courses at UB’s North Campus in Amherst, in the UB sociology degree program in Singapore, and the unique spring semester-long study abroad UB Semester in London. Her published research focuses on health and retirement policies; the health care workforce; long-term residential care; and the impact of planning, public programs and tax policies on health and income security.  Street’s research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the National Institute on Aging, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration. She is an honorary member of Golden Key, a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America, and an elected member of the National Academy of Social Insurance.