Research interests: social stratification, health disparities, social policy
Why is it that some people enjoy long years of healthy life while the lives of others are mired in pain and cut short before we expect it? Sociologists believe that many health disparities can be explained by differences in other, apparently non-medical, factors, such as daily exposure to stress or the characteristics of the neighbourhoods in which we live. In the United States and in the United Kingdom, as in most other countries around the world, the best predictor of health is one’s socioeconomic status. Although the link between socioeconomic status and health has been well-documented, the process through which inequality in socioeconomic status translates to a disparity in health remains less well understood. I approach this question armed with the conceptual frameworks of a social inequality scholar and take advantage of data from diverse sources, including surveys, administrative records, archival materials, and geodatabases.
I received a Ph.D. in Sociology and Health Services Organization and Policy from the University of Michigan in 2017 and a B.A. in Sociology/Anthropology form Earlham College in 2010.