Jill S. Grigsby

Emerita Professor of Sociology
  • Expertise


    Jill Grigsby’s scholarly activities cover the fields of population, family, and life course development.  She recently taught the course, Changing Japanese Families, for Pomona’s Associated Kyoto Program in Kyoto, Japan, and carried out research on the role of pets in Japanese family life.  She also teaches an ID 1 seminar called Living with Animals and Among Wildlife. In addition to her work at Pomona College, Professor Grigsby volunteers for Claremont’s Committee on Aging and with the House of Ruth in Pomona.

    Research Interests

    • Role of pets in family life

    Areas of Expertise


    • Population
    • Family
  • Work


    “Global Education with High Impact and Deep Learning: A U.S. Liberal Arts College Perspective” in I. Jung, T. Sasao, and M Nishimura (eds), Liberal Arts in East Asia (Springer Publishing, 2016).

    Society and Population, 3rd ed., with David Heer (Prentice‑Hall, 1992). 

    “Claremont Senior Program 2007 Client Survey: Summary of Findings” (with Danielle Bernstein). Research report prepared for the City of Claremont’s Committee on Aging, Human Services Commission and City Council, October 2007.

  • Education


    Princeton University

    Bachelor of Science
    Brown University

    Recent Courses Taught

    • American Families
    • Independent Study: Sociology
    • Introduction to Sociology
    • Population Trends & Issues
    • Senior Thesis
    • Survey Research Methods
    • Critical Inquiry Seminar
  • Awards & Honors

    Awards & Honors

    Muriel Farritor Award, City of Claremont Committee on Aging (for significant contribution to Claremont seniors for 10+ years). 2012.

    Irvine Distinguished Faculty Fellow, 2004-2005

    City of Claremont, Claremont Committee on Aging, Josephine Smith Sevice Award, 2005

    National Institute of Aging; Research Grant, "Gender Differences in Health and Longevity," 1992-1995; and Postdoctoral Fellow, 1990-91 and 1987-88