Sarah Seelye

Sarah Seelye

Ph.D., Sociology, University of Michigan
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.

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Burgard, Sarah, Katherine Lin, Brian Segal, Michael R. Elliott, and Sarah Seelye. Forthcoming. "Stability and Change in Health Behavior Profiles of U.S. Adults." Journals of Gerontology B: Psychological and Social Sciences.

Seelye, Sarah. 2017. "Staying Put in a Depopulated City: Results from Qualitative and Quantitative Data from Detroit." Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management in Chicago, Illinois, November 2017,

Burgard, Sarah, and Sarah Seelye. 2017. "Histories of Perceived Job Insecurity and Psychological Distress among Older U.S.Adults." Society and Mental Health, 7(1): 21-35. PMCID: PMC5558894.

Seelye, Sarah. 2016. "Neighboring in Context: The Role of Dwelling Type in High-Poverty Neighborhoods." , (Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association in Seattle, Washington, August 2016)

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