Life Course and Intergenerational Processes

The study of families, social relationships, and institutions is central to understanding how health inequalities emerge, are modified, or are sustained across the life course.

Recent Publications

Augustine, Jennifer March, Kate E. Prickett, and Daniela Negraia. 2018. “Doing it all? Mothers’ college enrollment, time use, and affective well-being.” Journal of Marriage and Family. https://doi.org/10.1111/jomf.12477

Hartnett, C. S., Fingerman, K. L., & Birditt, K. S. (2018). Without the ties that bind: U.S. young adults who lack active parental relationships. Advances in Life Course Research, 35, 103-113. doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.alcr.2018.01.004

Walsemann, K. M., Hummer, R. A., & Hayward, M. D. (2018). Heterogeneity in educational pathways and the health behavior of U.S. young adults. Population Research and Policy Review. doi:10.1007/s11113-018-9463-7

Current Projects

Augustine ASPIRE

This project aims to replicate and extend my previous research, in which I find that increases in mothers’ educational attainment does not lead to significant changes in children’s cognitive skills or noncognitive skills.

Stress and Women’s Health

Studies of social disparities in accelerated aging have shown mixed results in the association between chronic stress and accelerated aging, with racial disparities often less pronounced than socioeconomic ones.

Faculty

Jennifer Augustine, Ph.D.

Jennifer Augustine, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Sociology

How mothers shape family level processes and in turn their children’s health and academic outcomes.

     

Caroline Hartnett, Ph.D.

Caroline Hartnett, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Sociology

How social factors influence decision-making around childbearing and how the exchange of resources within families impact inequality.

               

Andrea Henderson, Ph.D.

Andrea Henderson, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Sociology

The religious lives of Black Americans and how religion influences health and well-being in the face of stress, including racial discrimination.

     

Carla Pfeffer, Ph.D.

Carla Pfeffer, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Sociology and Women’s and Gender Studies

Contemporary families, genders, sexualities, and bodies considered marginal, as well as social actors’ management of stigma and discrimination.

               

Katrina Walsemann, Ph.D.

Katrina Walsemann, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Health Promotion & Director of CHIP

How schools and early life experiences influence racial inequities in life course health.

               

Jaclyn Wong, Ph.D.

Jaclyn Wong, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Sociology

How positive and negative social relationships shape older adults’ health and wellbeing. The role of gender, marriage, and family relationships on life course health.

                   

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