Postdocs presenting research interests and ongoing projects
Monday, 10/22/2018, 12:00 pm to 1:25 pm
Location: 1430 ISR - Thompson
PSC Postdocs Julie Ober Allen, Angela Bruns, Lauren L. Brown, Karra Greenberg, Sarah Seelye, Emily Treleaven will discuss their respective research interests and ongoing projects.
Dr. Seelye's work examines the persistent exposure to adverse conditions for low-income individuals and the cumulative effects of these conditions in later life. While persistent, negative exposure affects all income groups, low-income individuals are particularly vulnerable because they disproportionately live and work in worse conditions - hazardous neighborhoods, substandard housing, riskier, more dangerous jobs, and insecure employment. As a sociologist, Seelye has sought theoretical and policy-relevant contributions that reduce inequality and improve the lives of people in poverty. In her dissertation, she examined the causes and consequences of residential immobility in disadvantaged, highly depopulated neighborhoods and considered how living in highly depopulated neighborhoods shapes the residential mobility decisions, social practices, and long-term health outcomes of residents. Her current work examines the relationship between cumulative exposures to poor housing conditions and health outcomes for older people.
Broadly speaking, Dr. Greenberg's research aims to understand how dramatic, macro-level economic and social change is reshaping individual lives with respect to work, family, and emotional well-being. Her current and planned work is shaped by many of the key themes of a life course perspective, including how lives unfold over time, the interrelationships of multiple spheres of life, and interlocked lives within and across generations. She gains fresh insights on these topics by taking a comparative approach, investigating how processes involving work, family and health unfold differently across multiple country settings and over time.
Dr. Brown's research takes a fresh approach to examining race/ethnic differences in late life health and wellbeing. Her work aims to characterize not only the unique challenges minorities face in reaching old age (including disability, disease, and consequences of adversity), but also examines and fosters methods that embolden the positive outcomes and protective resources gained from adverse experiences among minority communities. This work takes a social justice approach, motivated by practical community needs, in addressing the heterogeneity in the aging experience among racial/ethnic minorities, especially for aging African Americans.
Dr. Allen's research investigates how intersections of social identity (e.g., race, gender, and age group) influence stress and coping processes and disparities in chronic mental and physical health conditions, with a focus on: the health of aging adult Black men in the U.S.; Health disparities/health equity; stress processes, weathering, and distress biomarkers; community-based research and collaboration; men's health; social and structural determinants of health; evaluation.
Dr. Treleaven's research examines the effects of population change and social context on children's health and mortality in low- and middle-income countries. She is interested in how migration and urbanization, gender bias, and other social and structural determinants shape care-seeking behaviors, health, and health disparities for children and their families. Her current work includes several projects related to children's health, migration, and community context in South Asia.
Dr. Bruns' research investigates how social inequality impacts the health and economic well-being of low-income women and their families. She focuses on families' involvement with two institutions: mass incarceration and the low-wage labor market. Current projects examine how women manage the financial hardships associated with the imprisonment of their romantic partners, how the conditions of low-wage jobs influence work-family balance, and the impact of multiple job holding on maternal and child well-being.