Brian Karl Finch joined the Center for Economic and Social Research (CESR) in 2013 as a research professor of sociology, and the director of the USC Population Research Center. He is also currently an adjunct professor at the Graduate School of Public Health at San Diego State University (SDSU), where he directs the Center for Health Equity Research & Policy, and where he has taught since 2005. Prior to joining CESR, in addition to his work in Sociology and Public Health at SDSU, Dr. Finch was a sociologist at the RAND Corporation and professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School for three years. Before that, at the time of completing his Ph.D. in Sociology in 2000, Dr. Finch was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Scholar at the School of Public Health at the University of California Berkeley, as part of a fellowship that lasted until 2002.
Dr. Finch's 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 racial/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
Population Health and Health Disparities
Neighborhood Effects on Health
Quantitative Data Analysis and Methods