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John F. Watkins, Ph.D.
Director of Graduate Students, Professor
J-523 Kentucky Clinic
740 South Limestone
Lexington, Kentucky 40536-0284
John F. Watkins is a Professor 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, serves 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.