Irma T. Elo

Irma T. Elo has a PhD in Demography and Public Affairs from Princeton University. She currently is the Associate Director of the Population Aging Research Center (PARC), and the Chair of the Sociology Department at the University of Pennsylvania. Her main research interests center on socioeconomic and racial/ethnic disparities in health and mortality across the life course and demographic estimation of mortality. In recent years, she has extended this focus to include health and mortality among racial/ethnic immigrant subgroups. She has studied socioeconomic inequalities in mortality in developed countries, the contribution of early life circumstances to health and mortality in later life, socioeconomic mortality inequalities, and the role of obesity and diabetes in mortality in the United States. Dr. Elo has also contributed to improved mortality estimates among African Americans, the contribution of causes of death to black-white differences in mortality, the role of return migration in the Hispanic mortality advantage, and health and mortality among the foreign born relative to their U.S. born counterparts.

Arun S. Hendi

Arun S. Hendi is the Assistant Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs at Princeton University. Dr. Hendi completed his joint PhD in Demography and Sociology as well as his MA in Economics and BA in Economics and Statistics from the University of Pennsylvania. His research focuses on inequalities in health and mortality, the sociology of marriage and family, and formal demography. His current projects include a study of the narrowing of black-white life expectancy gaps since 1990 and an examination of life expectancy differentials across the urban-rural continuum. All of his research is unified by a strong focus on social theory and the application and development of cutting-edge demographic methods.

Samuel H. Preston

Samuel H. Preston is a Professor of Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania. His major research interest is in the health of populations. Dr. Preston has written primarily about mortality trends and patterns in large aggregates, including twentieth century mortality transitions and black/white differentials in the United States. Recent research has focused on the mortality effects of cigarette smoking and obesity in developed countries. Other recent research projects address the future of American fertility and the demographic causes of population aging.

Jessica Y. Ho

Jessica Y. Ho is an Assistant Professor of Gerontology and Sociology at the University of Southern California. She completed her joint PhD in Demography and Sociology as well as her BA in Economics and Health & Societies from the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Ho is a demographer and sociologist who studies the social determinants of health and mortality. Her research seeks to explain differences in life expectancy and health over the life course across populations. Her three major areas of research examine why American life expectancy lags behind other high-income countries, socioeconomic and racial/ethnic health inequalities, and health and aging in developing countries. Several of her current research projects investigate the drivers of and broader social implications of the contemporary American drug overdose epidemic.

Yana C. Vierboom

Yana C. Vierboom is a Postdoctoral Research Scientist in the Population Health Lab at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research in Rostock, Germany. She completed a joint PhD degree in Demography and Sociology from the University of Pennsylvania in 2019, writing her dissertation on contemporary trends and social inequalities in adult mortality in the US. Dr. Vierboom’s work explores social inequalities in adult health and mortality, particularly at older ages. She received her BA in Comparative Literature from Brown University.

Nick Graetz

Nick Graetz is completing his PhD in Demography at the University of Pennsylvania. He received his BS at the University of Wisconsin in Social Psychology and Political Science, and he finished his MPH at the University of Washington. He worked at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, where he was a Researcher on the geospatial analysis team. Nick is interested in using physical space as a proxy for institutionalized inequity and the intersection of spatial epidemiology with social science. He considers social justice and health equity to be his highest priorities in public health research. He is broadly interested in community organizing, resegregation, social determinants of health, data visualization, and Bayesian hierarchical modeling.

Morgan Peele

Morgan Peele is completing her PhD in Demography at the University of Pennsylvania. After graduating magna cum laude from Kenyon College with degrees in Women’s and Gender Studies and Sociology, Morgan spent a year in China conducting research on a Fulbright Fellowship. She recently completed her MA in Sociology at Indiana University where she was a FLAS fellow in Mandarin Chinese and the recipient of a NSF graduate research fellowship. Her MA thesis in sociology examines social participation and psychological well-being among older adults in China. Her research interests include aging, health, China, family, and quantitative methods.