Using quantitative data, primarily from administrative databases and large social surveys, my research broadly addresses social inequalities in health and religion. I am principally focused on the interplay between community contexts, socioeconomic status, and religion and the influence of these factors on health and mortality. In other words, I'm interested in the how people's social class, faith, and the places they live combine to enhance or constrain well-being. I am currently working on a project at the intersection of geographic contexts, educational attainment, and all-cause mortality in the United States. My work has appeared in a variety of scholarly journals including Annals of Behavioral Medicine, Journal of Health and Social Behavior, and Social Forces. In addition to scholarly publications, my research has received coverage in media outlets such as The New York Times and The Washington Post. I teach courses at the undergraduate and graduate level including Sociology of Medicine, Sociology of Mental & Physical Health, Sociology of Religion, and Methods of Social Investigation.
PhD: Baylor University (2013)
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