Kathleen Cagney

Associate Professor, Sociology and Health Studies; Director, Population Research Center, NORC and UChicago

Kathleen Cagney, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Sociology, Health Studies, and Comparative Human Development at the University of Chicago.  Her work examines social inequality and its relationship to health with a focus on neighborhood, race, and aging and the life course.  She brings urban sociological theory and methods to research on health, examining outcomes such as asthma prevalence, physical activity, mortality during the 1995 Chicago heat wave, recovery after Superstorm Sandy, and the evolution of a new community called Lakeside.  She also focuses on the development of new methods to define and measure neighborhoods and social networks with smartphone-related data collection. 

Cagney is Director of the Population Research Center, Co-Director of the Center on the Demography and Economics of Aging, and a Senior Fellow at the National Opinion Research Center.  She also directs the University of Chicago's Health Services Research Training Program.  Cagney holds a BA from Western Michigan University, a MPP from the University of Chicago and a PhD from Johns Hopkins University.