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Cynthia Colen

Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, Ohio State University.

Off-Campus Research Affiliate, Population Studies Center.

Ph.D., University of Michigan

Cynthia Colen is a social demographer whose research focuses on the production and intergenerational reproduction of racial and ethnic health disparities, especially as they relate to women's reproductive wellbeing and perinatal outcomes. Dr. Colen's current investigative focus examines the extent to which upwardly mobile African Americans are able to translate their newfound socioeconomic status into beneficial health outcomes. Another area of interest involves exploring patterns of reliance and sources of resiliency within extended kinship networks among members of marginalized populations.

Recent Publications

Journal Articles

Saldana-Ruiz, Nallely, Sean AP Clouston, Marcie S. Rubin, Cynthia Colen, and Bruce G. Link. 2013. "Fundamental Causes of Colorectal Cancer Mortality in the United States: Understanding the Importance of Socioeconomic Status in Creating Inequality in Modality." American Journal of Public Health, 103(1): 99-104. DOI. Abstract.

Wang, Andrew, Sean AP Clouston, Marcie S. Rubin, Cynthia Colen, and Bruce G. Link. 2012. "Fundamental Causes of Colorectal Cancer Mortality: The Implications of Informational Diffusion." Milbank Quarterly, 90(3): 592-618. DOI. Abstract.

Colen, Cynthia. 2011. "Addressing Racial Disparities in Health Using Life Course Perspectives: Toward a Constructive Criticism." Du Bois Review, 8(1): 79-94. DOI. Abstract.

Geronimus, Arline T., John Bound, and Cynthia Colen. 2011. "Excess black mortality in the United States and in select black or white high-poverty areas, 1980-2000." American Journal of Public Health, 101(4): 720-729. PMCID: PMC3052342. DOI. Abstract.

Rubin, M.S., Cynthia Colen, and B.G. Link. 2010. "Examination of Inequalities in HIV/AIDS Mortality in the United States From a Fundamental Cause Perspective." American Journal of Public Health, 100(6): 1053-1059. DOI. Abstract.

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