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New Institute Faculty Member

Kristen W. Springer is an Assistant Professor of Sociology (PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2006; MPH, Emory University, 1998). She conducts qualitative and quantitative analyses on gender and health inequalities in the context of family relations. Past projects have focused on HIV/AIDS, drug use, sex work, welfare state spending and infant mortality, psychological well-being, long term consequences of childhood abuse, and gendered health effects of spousal employment. She is currently pursuing two strands of research. First, she is exploring how wivesí income impacts husbandsí later mid-life health by contrasting standard socioeconomic explanations with gendered theories. Second, she is creating and assessing a multi-pathway life course model to understand the mechanisms through which childhood physical abuse impacts adult physical health. Her research appears in peer-reviewed sociology, public health, and medical journals including American Journal of Sociology, Social Science Research, American Journal of Public Health, and Journal of General Internal Medicine.



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