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Masters, Ryan Kelly Assistant Professor


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research overview

  • My recent research has focused on three substantive areas related to US health and mortality, with specific attention given to the social origins of the disease and mortality patterns we observe in the US population: 1) long-term trends in race/ethnic disparities in all-cause and cause-specific adult mortality rates, and the social, political, and economic conditions that shape these disparities, 2) the association between the US obesity epidemic and adult mortality rates, and the increasing effect that obesity has on US longevity, and 3) the long-term health effects of early-life adversity. I have also grown increasingly interested in the methodological approaches to addressing all three of these substantive areas of quantitative inquiry. As such, some of my recent work has been focused on advancing new ways to address these questions with statistical techniques.


  • life course, health, mortality, social demography, quantitative methods


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courses taught

  • SOCY 2061 Introduction to Social Statistics (Spring 2019)
  • SOCY 8991 Doctoral Dissertation (Spring 2019)
  • SOCY 8991 Doctoral Dissertation (Spring 2018)


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