College of Public Health students graduating

John F. Watkins PhD

Department: Gerontology

Title: Director of Graduate Studies, Professor

Email Address:

Phone: 859-218-0240

Location: 725 Rose Street, Suite 401G

CV: VITA 06-15-JFW.pdf

John F. Watkins is a Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Graduate Center for Gerontology. The embryonic John Watkins began in the “Great Snow” of 1956. Nine months later he was born and began his journey toward being on the faculty of the Graduate Center for Gerontology and the Department of Health Behavior. Along the way he completed the requisite degrees (BS, MA, and Ph.D. the latter two from University of Colorado-Boulder) and joined the University of Kentucky when in his upper-twenties. Trained as a mathematical demographer, but armed with ethnographic skills associated with life history narratives, he applies his craft in studies of the demographic processes of population aging and the aged, population growth and redistributional impacts, and life course influences on later life health behaviors and notions of home. John is past president of the Population Specialty Group and Aging Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers, served on the senior advisory panel of the National Science Foundation, is a Fellow of the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education, and has received numerous departmental, college, university, and national awards for his attempts at teaching and advising.