Margot Jackson Associate Professor of Sociology

My research is in the areas of social stratification and social demography, with an emphasis on inequality of opportunity, health, education, and children and families.  My work to date examines childhood health as a mechanism in the transmission of socioeconomic disadvantage across generations, incorporating a temporal dimension into research on health and social stratification.  Several papers apply cumulative inequality theory to examine how poor health in early childhood produces cumulative academic inequality and affects socioeconomic attainment in adulthood.  Other work examines how policies targeted at the period of early childhood—specifically, U.S. childhood nutritional policy—play a role in reducing academic inequality.  In newer projects, I am examining emerging socioeconomic inequality in health and development among children in immigrant families, as well as cohort changes in the relationship between socioeconomic status and parenting practices that are strongly implicated in youths’ academic achievement.  My research has been published in Social Forces, Demography, the Journal of Health and Social Behavior, Social Science and Medicine, Social Science Research and other venues, and funded by NIH and the National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation.  At Brown, I am also an affiliate of the Population Studies and Training Center (PSTC) and Spatial Structures in the Social Sciences (S4).  

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