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Full Professor
Department of Social and Political Sciences

Courses previous a.y.

Biographical note

Born March 8th, 1968.  Honours BA (Honours) in Sociology, University of Winnipeg (Canada).  MA in Sociology, Queen's University (Canada). PhD in Sociology, University of Toronto (Canada) with specialization in Law, Crime, and Deviance and Research Methods and Statistics.  Statistical specializations in methods for longitudinal data (University of Michigan) and method for formal demographic analysis (Stanford University)

Academic CV

Professor of Sociology, he teaches sociology, demography, and applied statistics. Program Director  of the PhD in Public Policy and Administration. From 2012 to 2014 Director of the Dondena Centre for Research on Social Dynamics and Public Policy.  Between 1998 and 2011, he was a professor in the Sociology Department at the University of Minnesota.  During this time, he served as the Director of the Life Course Center, the Director of the Graduate Program in Population Studies, and served two terms as a member of the College of Liberal Arts Executive Committee.  He currently serves on the editorial boards of Advances in Life Course Research, Journal of Marriage and Family, Journal of Quantitative Criminology, and is the Italian representative for the International Editorial Board of Social Forces.  He has held grants from the National Science Foundation (US), the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (US), and the Social Science and Humanities Research Council (Canada).

Research areas

My main areas of research are demography, aging, social epidemiology particularly related to chronic disease, life course/cycle dynamics, and public policies around health and aging

I currently have several on-going projects including:

1) a project on contemporary trends in mortality and global trajectories of morbidity, mortality, and their inter-relationship across time and across countries;

2) collaborative research on the changing role of education in health and mortality dynamics;

3) a comparative project on vectors of retirement and their implications for private and public claims in older adulthood;

4) interdisciplinary research on gene-environement interactions and their role in socio-economic disparities in chronic disease in early adulthood;

5) research on cross-national variation in assimilation and immigrant health; and 

6) collaborative reseach on the changing contexts of relationship formation and fertility. 



A Life Course Model of Self-rated Health through Adolescence and Young Adulthood.  Social Science and Medicine, 75, 1311-1320, 2012.

A New Twist on the SES-Health Association: Parental Health affects the Educational Attainment of their Children.  Social Science and Medicine, 75, 932-939, 2012.

Trends in the Association of Obesity and Self-reported Health in 30 years of the Integrated Health Interview Series.”  Obesity, 19,  1103-1105, 2011.

Replications and Genetic Studies of Behavior.  Newsletter of the Section on Evolution, Biology, and Society, American Sociological Association, 2010

Biography and the Sociological Imagination: Contexts and Contingencies.  Contemporary Societies Series (Jeffrey Alexander, Editor).  New York: W.W. Norton and Company, 2007.

Patterns of intimate partner violence and their associations with physical health, psychological distress, and substance use over the Life Span.”  Public Health Reports, 121, 382-392, 2007.