Auditorium Annex – Room 156C
Queen’s University, 1992, B.A.H., Sociology
Wilfrid Laurier University, 1996, M.S.W
McMaster University, 2000, Ph.D., Sociology
Courses Taught
KIN 261 Health, Policy, and Society
KIN 425 Aging, Society, and the Body
KIN 500 Aging, Health, and Physical Activity

Research Interests


Sociology of Aging, Sociology of Health, Body Image, Embodiment


Research within my lab primarily focuses on older adults’ gendered experiences of aging, disability, health, illness, and mobility from a sociological, qualitative perspective. Please see my research lab website for further details.


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Hurd Clarke, L.  (2010).  Facing age:  Women growing older in anti-aging culture.  Toronto:  Rowman and Littlefield.

Refereed Journal Articles

Hurd Clarke, L., Bennett, E. V., & Korotchenko, A. (in press). Negotiating vulnerabilities: How older adults with multiple chronic conditions interact with physicians. Canadian Journal on Aging.

Korotchenko, A., & Hurd Clarke, L. (in press) Power mobility and the built environment: The experiences of older Canadians. Disability and Society.

Wang, R. H., Korotchenko, A., Hurd Clarke, L., Mortenson, W. B., & Mihailidis, A. (in press) Power mobility with collision avoidance for older adults: User, caregiver and prescriber perspectives. Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development.

Bundon, A., & Hurd Clarke, L. “Keeping us from breaking”: Elite athletes’ access to and use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health. Published online August 17, 2012..

Bennett, E.V., McEwen, C.E., Hurd Clarke, L., Tamminen, K.A., & Crocker, P.R.E.“It’s all about modifying your expectations”: Women’s experiences with physical activity throughout the course of pregnancy. Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise, and Health.

Hurd Clarke, L. & Bennett, E. (2013) Constructing the moral body: Self-care among older adults with multiple chronic conditions. Health: An Interdisciplinary Journal for the Social Study of Health, Illness and Medicine, 17 (3), 211-228.

Mortenson, B., Hurd Clarke, L., & Best, K. (2013) “Caught in the middle”: Prescribers’ attitudes towards and experiences with older adults as candidates for power mobility devices. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 67 (1), 100-107..

Repta, R., & Hurd Clarke, L. (2013). ‘Am I going to be natural or am I not?’: Canadian women’s perceptions and experiences of menstrual suppression. Sex Roles, 68 (1-2), 91-106.

Hurd Clarke, L., and Bennett, E. ‘You learn to live with all the things that are wrong with you’: Gender and the experience of multiple chronic conditions in later life. Ageing and Society, 33 (2), 342-360.

Hurd Clarke, L., Korotchenko, A., and Bundon, A. (2012). ‘The calendar is just about up’: Older adults with multiple chronic conditions reflect on death and dying.Ageing and Society, 32 (8), 1399-1417.

Hurd Clarke, L., and Korotchenko, A. (2011). Aging and the body: A review. Canadian Journal on Aging, 30 (3), 495-510.

Bundon, A., Hurd Clarke, L., and Miller, W. (2011). Frail older adults and patterns of exercise engagement: Understanding exercise behaviours as a means of maintaining continuity of self. Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise, and Health, 3 (1), 33-47.

Korotchenko, A., and Hurd Clarke, L. (2010). Russian immigrant women and the negotiation of social class and feminine identity through fashion. Critical Studies of Fashion and Beauty, 1 (2), 181-202.

Hurd Clarke, L., and Korotchenko, A. (2010). Shades of grey: To dye or not to dye one’s hair in later life. Ageing and Society, 30 (6), 1011-1026.

Sims-Gould, J., Hurd Clarke, L., Ashe, M. E, Naslund, J., and Liu-Ambrose, T. (2010). Renewal, strength and commitment to self and others: Older women’s reflections of the benefits of exercise using photovoice. Qualitative Research in Sport and Exercise, 2 (2), 250-266.

Hurd Clarke, L., and Korotchenko, A. (2009). Older women and suntanning: The negotiation of health and appearance risks. Sociology of Health and Illness, 31 (5), 748-761.

Hurd Clarke, L., Griffin, M., and Maliha, K. (2009). Bat wings, bunions, and turkey wattles: Body transgressions and older women’s strategic clothing choices. Ageing and Society, 29(5), 709-726.

Hurd Clarke, L., and Bundon, A. (2009). From ‘the thing to do’ to ‘defying the ravages of age’: Older women reflect on the use of lipstick. Journal of Women and Aging, 21 (3), 198-212.

Hurd Clarke, L., and Griffin, M. (2008). Body image and aging: Older women and the embodiment of trauma. Women’s Studies International Forum, 31 (3), 200-208.

Hurd Clarke, L., Griffin, M., and the PACC Research Team. (2008). Failing bodies: Body image and multiple chronic conditions in later life. Qualitative Health Research, 18 (8), 1084-1095.

Hurd Clarke, L., and Griffin, M. (2008). Visible and invisible ageing: Beauty work as a response to ageism. Ageing and Society, 28 (5), 653-674.

Hurd Clarke, L., and Griffin, M. (2007). Becoming and being gendered through the body: Older women, mothers and body image. Ageing and Society, 27 (5), 701-718.

Hurd Clarke, L., and Griffin, M. (2007). The body natural and the body unnatural: Beauty work and aging. Journal of Aging Studies, 21 (3), 187-201.

Hurd Clarke, L., Repta, R., and Griffin, M. (2007). Non-surgical cosmetic procedures: Older women’s perceptions and experiences. Journal of Women and Aging, 19 (3/4), 69-87.

Hurd Clarke, L. (2006). Older women and sexuality: Experiences in marital relationships across the life course. Canadian Journal on Aging, 25 (2), 129-140.

Hurd Clarke, L., Martin-Matthews, A., and Matthews, R. (2006). The continuity and discontinuity of the embodied self in infertility. Canadian Review of Sociology and Anthropology, 43 (1), 95-113.

Hurd Clarke, L., Liu-Ambrose, T., McKay, H., Khan, K., and Zyla, J. (2005). ‘Being able to do the things that I want to do’: Older women with osteoporosis define health, quality of life and well-being. Activities, Adaptation and Aging, 29 (4), 41-59.

Hurd Clarke, L. (2005). Remarriage in later life: Older women’s negotiation of power, resources and domestic labour. Journal of Women and Aging, 17 (4), 21-41.

Hurd Clarke, L. (2003). Overcoming ambivalence: The challenges of exploring socially charged issues. Qualitative Health Research, 13 (5), 718-735.

Hurd Clarke, L. (2002). Older women’s perceptions of ideal body weights: The tensions between health and appearance motivations for weight loss. Ageing and Society, 22 (6), 751-773.

Hurd Clarke, L. (2002). Beauty in later life: Older women’s perceptions of physical attractiveness. Canadian Journal on Aging, 21 (3), 429-442.

Hurd Clarke, L. (2001). Older women’s bodies and the self: The construction of identity in later life. Canadian Review of Sociology and Anthropology, 38 (4), 441-464.

Hurd, L. (2000). Older women’s body image and embodied experience: An Exploration. Journal of Women and Aging, 12 (3/4), 77-97.

Hurd, L. (1999). ‘We’re not old!’: Older women’s negotiation of aging and oldness. Journal of Aging Studies, 13 (4), 419-439.

Selected Book Chapters

Hurd Clarke, L. (2012). Researching the body and embodiment in later life. In M. Leontowitsch (Ed.), Researching later life and ageing: Expanding qualitative research agendas and methods (pp. 24-40). Hampshire, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.

Hurd Clarke, L., & Korotchenko, A. (2012). Doing beauty: Older women, identity, and beauty work. In Virpi Ylänne (Ed.), Representing ageing: Images and identities (pp. 103-114). Hampshire, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.

Hurd Clarke, L. (2012). Chapter 95 – Physical appearance changes across adulthood – women. In Thomas F. Cash (Ed.), Encyclopedia of body image and human appearance (pp. 602-607). Maryland Heights, Missouri: Academic Press.

Donnelly, L., Hurd Clarke, L., Phinney, A., & MacEntee, M. (2010). Contexts of body image and social interactions among frail elders. Oral healthcare and the frail elder: A clinical perspective, M. MacEntee, F. Muller, and C. Wyatt (Eds.). (161-172). Toronto: Wiley-Blackwell.

2000-2003 CIHR Postdoctoral Fellowship
2005-2010 MSFHR Career Investigator Award
2011-2012 Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies Early Career Scholar Award