Recent Work

My Research

Broadly, my research centers on the intersection of gender, race/ethnicity, family, the life course, aging, and health. More specifically, I am committed to illuminating whether and how social status dimensions, such as race/ethnicity, gender, and socioeconomic status (SES), structure vulnerability and resilience to life adversities, thus producing health inequalities. Three questions drive my research: (a) Does social status structure differential exposure and differential vulnerability to life adversities, thus producing health disparities in populations? (b) Are there gendered or racial life-course pathways (social, psychological, and behavioral) that link life adversities and health outcomes? and (c) How does agency interact with structure to mitigate the health-compromising effects of life adversities? My research focuses on life adversities occurring in early life and old age, the most sensitive periods of the life course.