My research focuses on social inequalities in health and religion. I am particularly interested in the effects of community contexts, socioeconomic status, religion, and social relationships. Methodologically, I use quantitative methods to analyze survey data and other statistical data. I am currently working on several projects using data combining geographic contexts with person-level characteristics, health indicators, and mortality. My research has appeared in a variety of scholarly journals including Annals of Behavioral Medicine, Archives of Sexual Behavior, Journal of Health and Social Behavior, Social Forces, and Social Science Research. 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.
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