Megan M. Reynolds portrait
  • Assistant Professor, Sociology Department

Publications

  • Peter Meunnig, Roman Pabayo & Megan M. Reynolds (2018). Why is Infant Mortality in the United States So Comparatively Bad? Some Possible Answers. Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law. Accepted, 01/2018.
  • Megan M. Reynolds & Mauricio Avendano (2018). Social Policy Expenditures and Life Expectancy in High-Income Countries. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. Vol. 54, 72-79. Published, 01/2018.
  • Megan M. Reynolds, Alla Chernenko & Jen'nan Read (2017). Region of Origin Diversity in Immigrant Health: Moving Beyond the Mexican Case. Social Science and Medicine. Vol. 166, 102-109. Published, 10/2017.
  • Megan M. Reynolds (2017). Healthcare Public Sector Share and Life Expectancy in Rich Democracies. International Journal of Health Services. Accepted, 10/2017.
  • Claudia Geist, Megan M. Reynolds & Marie Sarita Gaytan (2017). Unfinished Business: Disentangling Sex, Gender, and Sexuality in Sociological Research on Gender Stratification. Sociology Compass. Vol. 11. Published, 04/2017.
  • Brady, David, Susanne Marquardt, Gordon Gauchat and Megan M. Reynolds. "Path Dependency and the Politics of Socialized Medicine in Rich Democracies.". Published, 02/26/2016.
  • Read, Jen’nan Ghazal and Megan M. Reynolds. 2012. "Gender and Health among Mexican and Middle-Eastern Immigrants." in Health Care and Immigration: Understanding the Connections, edited by Alejandro Portes and Patricia Fernandez-Kelly. Oxford: Routledge-Taylor Francis Group. Published, 01/01/2012.
  • Read, Jen’nan Ghazal and Megan M. Reynolds. 2012. "Gender Differences in Immigrant Health: The Case of Mexican and Middle Eastern Immigrants." Journal of Health and Social Behavior 53: 99-123. Published, 01/01/2012.
  • Reynolds, Megan M. and David Brady. 2012. "Bringing You More Than the Weekend: Union Membership and Self-Rated Health in the U.S, 1973-2006." Social Forces 90: 1023-1049. Published, 01/01/2012.
  • Brady, David, Katelin Isaacs, Martha Reeves, Rebekah Burroway and Megan Reynolds. 2011. "Sector, Size, Stability and Scandal: Explaining the Presence of Female Executives in Fortune 500 Firms." Gender in Management 1: 84-104. Published, 01/01/2011.
  • Ahlkvist, Jarl, Peter Spitzform, Emily Jones and Megan Reynolds. 2005. "Making Race Matter on Campus: Teaching and Learning about Race in the ‘Whitest State in the Union’" pp. 54-71 in Challenges in Multicultural Education: Teaching and Taking Diversity Courses, edited by Norah Peters-Davis and Jeffrey Shultz. Boulder, CO: Paradigm Publishers. Published, 01/01/2005.

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

  • Working Environment/Conditions
  • Social Policy/Welfare States
  • Social Determinants of Health
  • Sex/Gender
  • Population Health
  • Political Economics or Economy
  • Organized Labor
  • Immigration/Nativity
  • Health Inequalities/Disparities

Presentations

  • "Health Screening Disparities among Immigrants from Seven World Regions." American Sociological Association. Conference Paper, Accepted, 03/2018.
  • "Bringing Unionization and Labor Union Membership into the Study of (Mental) Health." American Sociological Association. Conference Paper, Accepted, 02/2018.
  • "Why Is Infant Mortality in the United States so Comparatively Bad? Some Possible Answers." Translational Science. Poster, Accepted, 02/2018.
  • ""We Comply with a Little Help from Our Friends: Human Rights, Development Aid, and Wellbeing." Population Association of America. Conference Paper, Accepted, 11/2017.
  • "Why Is Infant Mortality in the United States so Comparatively Bad? Some Possible Answers." Population Association of America. Conference Paper, Accepted, 11/2017.
  • "Healthcare Public Sector Share and the US Life Expectancy Lag: A Country-Level Longitudinal Study." Population Association of America. Conference Paper, Accepted, 11/2017.
  • "Is Less More? Examining the Relationship between Food Assistance Generosity and Childhood Obesity." Population Association of America. Conference Paper, Accepted, 11/2017.
  • "Social Policy as Health Policy: Social Expenditures and Life Expectancy Gains in the US and 19 Other High‐Income Countries." Comparing Health Across Societies, Ghent University, Belgium. Conference Paper, Presented, 06/2017.
  • "Region of Origin Diversity in Immigrant Health: Moving beyond the Mexican Case." Population Association of America Annual Meeting. Conference Paper, Presented, 04/2017.
  • "Social Policy as Health Policy: Social Expenditures and Life Expectancy Gains." American Sociological Association Annual Meeting. Conference Paper, Accepted, 03/2017.
  • "Region of Origin Diversity in Immigrant Health: Moving beyond the Mexican Case." American Sociological Association Annual Meeting. Conference Paper, Accepted, 03/2017.
  • "Welfare State Transfers and Population Health in Rich Democracies, 1960-2010." American Sociological Association Annual Meeting. Conference Paper, Presented, 08/22/2015.
  • US-UK Medical Sociology Conference, Health Inequalities Workgroup Facilitator. Other, Presented, 06/20/2015.
  • Megan M Reynolds and Alla Chernenko. 2015. “Are Immigrant Health Theories Universal? An Investigation of Multiple Immigrant Groups.” University of Utah Department of Sociology Brownbag Series. Presentation, Presented, 04/2015.

Research Groups

  • Behavioral Research Brainstorming Group, Other. 02/2018 - present.
  • Consortium for Families & Health Research, Other. 01/01/2015 - present. http://www.utah.edu/faculty/c-fahr/. Awards/Scholarships/Stipends: Faculty Pilot Grant (10,000).

Grants, Contracts & Research Gifts

  • Social Protection and Health. PI: Megan M. Reynolds. National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences/Primary Children's Hospital Foundation, 10/2016 - 09/2018. Total project budget to date: $200,000.00
  • Innovative measurements of socio-economic status and maternal health in pregnancy. PI: Elizabeth Conradt. Interdisciplinary Research Pilot Program Seed Grant, 10/01/2015 - present. Total project budget to date: $9,200.00
  • 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
  • REYNOLDS RWJF AUG 2016. PI: REYNOLDS,MEGAN MARIE. ROBERT WOOD JOHNSON FOUNDATION, 09/01/2016 - 08/31/2017. Total project budget to date: $50,000.00

Geographical Regions of Interest

  • Europe
    Countries of the OECD.