Tyson H. Brown, PhD

2015-2016 RCMAR Fellow, USC Schaeffer Center
Assistant Professor of Sociology, Vanderbilt University

Tyson H. Brown, PhD's Bio

Tyson H. Brown is an assistant professor of sociology at Vanderbilt University (VU). He also has secondary appointment at VU’s Center for Medicine, Health and Society, and is a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Associate. He earned his Ph.D. in sociology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and did a NIH/NIA-funded postdoctoral fellowship at Duke University.

Dr. Brown’s program of research is focused on understanding how and why race/ethnicity intersects with other systems of inequality (e.g., gender, class, and nativity) to shape health and wealth across the life course. This research interest is expressed in three interrelated areas: 1) using multiple-hierarchy stratification approaches to investigate the intersecting consequences of social factors on health and wealth, 2) examining whether and why health and wealth inequality increase or decrease over the life course, and 3) determining the extent to which structural and psychosocial mechanisms (e.g., childhood and adult SES, chronic stress, discrimination, and neighborhood conditions) underlie health and wealth inequalities. His training and research has been supported, in part, by funding from the NIH, AARP, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Brown's RCMAR project is:  Understanding Racial/Ethnic Inequalities in Wealth Trajectories in Middle and Late Life: Patterns and Explanations.

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