My research examines how social and cultural place-based characteristics shape health and health inequalities, and considers how personal characteristics such as socioeconomic resources and religion combine with place-based characteristics to affect health outcomes. I am also interested in causes and consequences of religious involvement and have done research on the sociodemographic and place-based drivers of religious outcomes and have studied how religious ecologies and personal characteristics combine to influence health and health inequalities. Methodologically, I use statistical analysis of quantitative data in my research. I am currently working on several projects using survey data combining geographic contexts with person-level characteristics, health measures, and mortality. 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 health and illness, sociology of religion, and methods of social investigation.
Courses Recently Taught at LSU:
- Sociology 4441: Sociology of Religion
- Sociology 4451: Sociology of Medicine
- Sociology 7211: Methods of Social Investigation
- Sociology 7491: Sociology of Health and Illness
- Sociology 7491: Religion
- Sociology 7691: Sociology of Mental & Physical Health