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Assistant Professor of Sociology
Brown University  
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Margot Jackson is an assistant professor of sociology at Brown. Her research interests focus on social stratification and health, with an emphasis on inequality among children and families. Her work examines life cycle and intergenerational aspects of the relationship between social circumstances and health, with a particular interest in understanding the early life cycle origins of inequality and the role of child health in the production of social inequality. One current project investigates how poor health in early childhood produces cumulative academic inequality, and whether parents' educational behaviors compensate for or reinforce inequalities during the school years. In related work, Jackson is studying how the timing and duration of early health investments—specifically, U.S. childhood nutritional policy—play a role in reducing educational inequality. Finally, Jackson is extending her research to children in immigrant families to examine the emergence of a socioeconomic gradient in health among the second generation. Jackson received her Ph.D. from UCLA in 2007 and is also an affiliate of the Population Studies and Training Center (PSTC) and Spatial Structures in the Social Sciences (S4).