I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and a faculty affiliate of the Center for Demography and Ecology and Center for Demography of Health and Aging at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

My research focuses on the dynamics of population aging and the determinants of longevity and well-being at older ages. I’m especially interested in the impact of social disparities on health throughout the life course and their connection with aggregate┬á mortality and morbidity trends.

My academic path has taken me through several disciplines. I received an AB in History from Harvard, and a PhD in Population & Health along with a MHS in Biostatistics from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Before coming to Madison, I was a member of the Sociology faculty at the University of Chicago.