Margaret M. Gough Courtney

Hello! I am an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of La Verne in La Verne, CA. Prior to joining the faculty at La Verne I was a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University. I received my Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Michigan, where I also trained at the Population Studies Center. My research takes a social demographic approach to topics related to family, labor market, inequality, and health outcomes. My first area of research addresses relationships among gender, family, and the labor market. One branch of this research examines relationships between labor market experiences and spouses' unpaid labor time. A second branch of this research examines relationships between family formation and wage penalties (or premiums) that men and women experience in the labor market.

My second area of research focuses on the relationship between the labor market, social and environmental factors, and health and well-being. Within the area of labor market and family health and well-being I study how unemployment and economic hardship affect health and well-being for individuals and families, with a particular focus on health-related behaviors and obesity. My research focusing on social and environmental factors and health has, to date, primarily examined how exposure to social factors, especially stemming from social inequality, is related to accelerated aging processes, including inflammation in the body and diminished bone mineral density. This latter work is part of a collaborative project with Dr. Kanya Godde, a biological anthropologist.

At the University of La Verne I teach courses such as Sociology of the Family; Health, Wealth, and Poverty; Quantitative Analysis; Birth, Migration, and Aging; Gender Inequality; and Senior Thesis.

I am multiple-PI on an R15 grant from that National Institute on Aging (with Dr. Godde) for the project "A Model of Accelerated Aging: Social, Political, Economic, Environmental, and Biological Factors' Effects on Osteoporosis, High-Sensitivity C-Reactive Protein, and Telomere Length."