Megan M. Reynolds

Curriculum Vitae

Megan M. Reynolds portrait
  • Assistant Professor, Sociology Department

Research

Research Summary

My principal research agenda explores the relationships among health and illness, inequalities and politics and policy. While my work addresses the independent contribution of individual characteristics such as sex and nativity status, I seek to broaden the analysis of health to include relevant state-level predictors. My research interests broadly encompass the areas of stratification, medical sociology, labor and labor relations, work and occupations, political sociology and social policy.

Research Statement

My principal research agenda explores the three-way relationships among health and illness, inequalities and politics and policy. My interest in health is motivated by a view of health as an important measure of life chances that is influenced heavily by political, as well as social, factors. While my work addresses the independent contribution of individual characteristics such as sex and nativity status, I seek to broaden the understanding of health to include the state-level factors that may affect health at the individual and population levels. Investigating a range of health outcomes (self-rated health, morbidity, infant mortality, life expectancy), I attempt to gain traction on more general questions of stratification and inequality. I have thus far examined health inequalities in work, gender and nativity/ethnicity. My research and teaching interests broadly encompass the areas of stratification, medical sociology, labor and labor relations, work and occupations, political sociology and social policy. Drawing on theories of power relations, institutions, social policy, gender and immigration, I use cross-sectional and longitudinal data within and across countries at both the individual and country levels to illuminate the processes whereby different social and political contexts affect health. My work is informed by writings in the areas of political sociology (Evelyne Huber and John Stephens, Walter Korpi), medical sociology (Bruce Link and Jo Phelan, Leonard Pearlin), work & labor (Charles Tilly, Judith Stepan-Norris) and stratification/inequality (Erik Olin Wright, Bruce Western). 

Research Keywords

  • Poverty & Deprivation, Interest Level: 3
  • Health Policy & Health Care, Interest Level: 4
  • Social Policy/Welfare States, Interest Level: 5
  • Health and Well-Being, Interest Level: 5
  • Organized Labor, Interest Level: 4
  • Immigrant Health, Interest Level: 4
  • Gender Issues, Interest Level: 3
  • Occupational Health and Safety, Interest Level: 3

Research Groups

Grants, Contracts & Research Gifts

  • Does Family Caretaking Inflate the Gender and Immigrant Health Gaps? PI: Megan M. Reynolds. Co-PI(s): Norman Waitzman. Consortium for Families & Health Research (C-FAHR), 05/01/2015 - 05/01/2016. Total project budget to date: $10,000.00