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Brian K. Finch

Research Professor of Sociology and Spatial Sciences
Director, USC Population Research Center

Contact Information

Office: VPD 314E
Phone: (213) 821-2774
E-mail: brianfin@usc.edu

Biographical Sketch

Brian Karl Finch joined CESR as a research professor of sociology, and the director of the USC Population Research Center. He is also a member of the faculty at San Diego State University, where he directs the Center for Health Equity Research & Policy. Prior to joining CESR, he was a sociologist at the RAND Corporation and professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. Before joining RAND, he was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Scholar in the School of Public Health at the University of California Berkeley. His work crosses the disciplinary boundaries of social demography, social epidemiology, and medical sociology to investigate the causes and correlates of population health disparities—specifically socioeconomic and race/ethnic disparities in health outcomes among adults and biological/social interactions across the early life-course. A central thrust of much of his research also relates to immigrant health in general and the epidemiological paradox in particular. His research also addresses the effect of neighborhood context on health using multiple statistical methodologies.


  • Ph.D. Sociology, University of Texas at Austin, 2000
  • M.A. Sociology, San Diego State University, 1997
  • B.A. Peace and Conflict Studies/Ethnic Studies, University of California Berkeley, 1993

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