Megan M. Reynolds portrait
  • Assistant Professor, Sociology Department

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
  • Health Policy & Health Care
  • Social Policy/Welfare States
  • Health and Well-Being
  • Organized Labor
  • Immigrant Health
  • Gender Issues
  • Occupational Health and Safety

Presentations

  • Welfare State Transfers and Population Health in Rich Democracies, 1960-2010. 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

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

Geographical Regions of Interest

  • Europe
    Countries of the OECD.

Publications

  • Geist, Claudia, Megan M. Reynolds and Sarita Gaytan. "Unfinished Business: Disentangling Sex, Gender, and Sexuality in Sociological Research on Gender Stratification." Forthcoming at Sociology Compass.. Accepted, 08/12/2016.
  • Health Care Public Sector Share and Life Expectancy in Rich Democracies, 1960-2010. Submitted, 08/05/2016.
  • Social Policy as Health Policy: Social Expenditures and Life Expectancy Gains in the US and 19 Other High-income Countries. Submitted, 07/29/2016.
  • Reynolds, Megan M., Alla Chernenko and Jen'nan G. Read. 2016. "Region of origin diversity in immigrant health: Moving beyond the Mexican case." Social Science and Medicine. Published online ahead of print, 0.1016/j.socscimed.2016.07.018. In press, 07/21/2016.
  • 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.