Center on the Family Faculty Profiles
Jenjira Yahirun
Assistant Researcher
Krauss Hall, Room 22


Dr. Jenjira Yahirun is an Assistant Researcher (tenure-track) at the Center on the Family, University of Hawai`i at Mānoa. Trained as a family sociologist and social demographer, Dr. Yahirun studies the intersection of families, migration, aging and health. Her work is part of a broader research agenda that addresses how differences within and between families contribute to social inequality.


  • Ph.D., Sociology, University of California, Los Angeles
  • M.A., Sociology, University of California, Los Angeles
  • M.A., Social Sciences, University of Chicago
  • B.S., Economics, with Honors, George Washington University

Areas of Interest

  • Aging
  • Health
  • Life course
  • Intergenerational relationships
  • Migration/immigration


FAMR 340 Intimacy, Marriage and Families 

Recent Publications

  • Yahirun, J., Park, S. & Seltzer, J. 2018.  “Step-grandparenthood in the United States.” Journal of Gerontology Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences.
  • Yahirun, J., Sheehan, C. & Hayward, M. (2016). “Adult Children’s Education and Parents’ Functional Limitations in Mexico.” Research on Aging. 38(3): 322-345. Doi: 10.1177/0164027515620240
  • Ambugo, E. & Yahirun, J. (2016). “Remittances and Risk of Major Depressive Episode and Sadness among New Legal Immigrants to the United States.” Demographic Research. 34(8): 243-258. doi:
  • Fingerman, K. & Yahirun, J. (2015). “Emerging Adulthood in the Context of Family: Young Adults’ Relationships with Parents.”  Oxford Handbook of Emerging Adulthood. Ed. Jeffrey Jensen Arnett. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Yahirun, J. & Hamplova, D. (2014). “Children’s Union Status and Contact with Mothers:  A Cross-National Study.”  Demographic Research. 30(51): 1413-1444.  doi: 10.4054/DemRes.2014.30.51
  • Seltzer J. & Yahirun, J. (2014). “Diversity in Old Age: The Elderly in Changing Economic and Family Contexts” in Diversity and Disparities: America Enters a New Century.  Ed. John Logan. New York: Russell Sage Foundation. Pg. 270-305.
  • Yahirun, J., Perreira, K. & Fuligni, A. (2013). “Family Obligation across Contexts: Latino Youth in North Carolina and Southern California.” Journal of Family Issues. 36(10): 1296-1323. doi:10.1177/0192513X13501664
  • Seltzer, J., Yahirun, J. & Bianchi, S. (2013). “Coresidence and Geographic Proximity of Mothers and Adult Children in Stepfamilies” Journal of Marriage and Family. 75(5): 1164–1180.  doi: 10.1111/jomf.12058
  • Yahirun, J. (2012). "Take Me Home: Return Migration among Germany’s Older Immigrants." International Migration.  52(4): 231-254. doi: 10.1111/imig.12009
  • Yahirun, J. (2011). “Thai Americans” in Multicultural America: An Encyclopedia of the Newest Americans. Ed. Ronald Bayor. Phoenix: Greenwood Press. Pp. 2097-2134.

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