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Margot Jackson

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Margot Jackson

Associate Professor of Sociology


Margot Jackson is a sociologist with interests in social stratification and inequality, demography, and the health and well-being of children and families.  Her work to date examines childhood health as a mechanism in the intergenerational reproduction of socioeconomic disadvantage, within the context of both the United States and the United Kingdom.  After receiving her PhD from UCLA in 2007, Jackson was a postdoctoral research fellow at Princeton University’s Office of Population Research and Center for Health and Well-Being.  At Brown, she is also an affiliate of the Population Studies and Training Center.


My research is in the areas of social stratification and social demography, with an emphasis on inequality of opportunity, health, and children and families.  My work to date incorporates a temporal dimension into research on health and social inequality.  Several recent papers apply cumulative inequality theory to examine how poor health in early childhood produces growing academic inequality as children age and affects socioeconomic attainment in adulthood.  Other work examines how policies targeted at the period of early childhood—specifically, U.S. childhood nutritional policy—play a role in reducing academic inequality.  In other projects, I am examining emerging socioeconomic inequality in health and development among children in immigrant families, as well as historical changes in the relationship between socioeconomic status and parenting practices that are strongly implicated in youths’ academic achievement. 


Jackson, Margot I.  2015.  “Cumulative Inequality in Child Health and Academic Achievement.”  Journal of Health and Social Behavior 56(2): 262-280.

Jackson, Margot I.  2015.  “Early Childhood Nutritional Policy and the Reduction of Academic Inequality: The Case of WIC.” Social Science and Medicine 126: 145-153. See: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/12/21/food-stamps-health_n_6357796.html

Jackson, Margot I.  2013.   “Parenting Behavior, Health and Cognitive Development among Children in Black Immigrant Families: Comparing the United States and United Kingdom.”  Washington D.C.: Migration Policy Institute.

Jackson, Margot I., Sara McLanahan and Kathleen Kiernan.  2012.  "Nativity Differences in Mothers’ Health Behaviors: A Cross-National and Longitudinal Lens.”  Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 643(1): 192-218.

Jackson, Margot I.  2011.  “Nativity Differences in Youths’ Weight Trajectories: Foreign-Born Integration during the Transition to Adulthood.” Social Science Research 40: 1419-1433.

Jackson, Margot I.  2010.  “A Life Course Perspective on Child Health, Cognition and Occupational Skill Qualifications in Adulthood: Evidence from a British Cohort.”  Social Forces 89(1): 89-116.

Jackson, Margot I.  2009.  “Understanding Links between Adolescent Health and Educational Attainment.”  Demography 46(4): 671-694.



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