My research covers two main areas: racial and socioeconomic inequalities in health and mortality, and the demography of marriage and family. My current work on inequality examines the dynamics, determinants, and consequences of inequality in health and mortality across the life course in the United States. I have projects on the social determinants of the narrowing black-white life expectancy gap, the recent stagnation in U.S. mortality, and the measurement of socioeconomic differentials in life expectancy. In the area of marriage and family, my current work documents sources of change in first marriage since 1960 by decomposing changes in first marriage measures into their proximate determinants.
Demography is fun—it combines a bit of math with fascinating social theories to address questions about population processes. It provides us with a toolkit to examine some of today’s most important social problems: how do societies deal with rapid population aging, why do people have children, why do whites live so much longer than blacks, who gets married and who marries whom, and how is migration influencing the composition of the U.S. population?
In the U.S., blacks with very low life expectancy tend to live in the same counties as whites with very high life expectancy.
the black-white gap in life expectancy has narrowed so rapidly since the 1990s.
The data.table package in R
Sketchbooks and dry erase boards (both are great for math)
I’m a decent flutist, and I’m pretty good at trivia/quiz bowl tournaments.