Mark D. Hayward

Faculty Research AssociatePh.D., Indiana University, Bloomington

Professor of Sociology; Centennial Commission Professor in the Liberal Arts
Mark D. Hayward



Life course origins of health disparities, morbidity and mortality, biodemography


Mark Hayward is a professor of sociology, Centennial Commission Professor in the Liberal Arts, and a faculty research associate of the Population Research Center at the University of Texas at Austin. He recently served as the the president of the Southern Demographic Association and chair of the Aging and Life Course section of the American Sociological Association. He has served on the boards of the Population Association of America and the Society of Biodemography and Social Biology, and he was a member and then chair of the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research council. Currently, he is a member of the Committee on Population, National Academy of Sciences, and the National Advisory Committee for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Health and Society Scholars Program.  Professor Hayward received his Ph.D. in sociology from Indiana University in 1981.

His primary research addresses how life course exposures and events influence the morbidity and mortality experiences of the adult population. Recent studies have clarified how early life conditions influence socioeconomic, race and gender disparities in adult morbidity and mortality; the demography of race/ethnic and gender disparities in healthy life expectancy; social inequality in the biomarkers of aging, and the health consequences of marriage, divorce, and widowhood. Most recently, he has been investigating the fundamental inequalities in adult mortality in the United States arising from educational experience, differences in these associations by race and gender, and the growing educational inequality in mortality. His research on these topics has been by the National Institute on Aging and the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute on Child Health and Human Development. His recently published work has appeared in the American Journal of Public Health, Demography, the Journals of Gerontology: Social Sciences, the Journal of Health and Social Behavior, and Social Science and Medicine.

Professor Hayward has served on a number of scientific advisory boards at universities around the country as well as the National Institutes of Health. He has a long-standing interest in enhancing the measurement and collection of population health data, particularly longitudinal data, and has served on the advisory boards of a number of national studies of population health.



Recent Publications

Lariscy, Joseph T., Robert A. Hummer, and Mark D. Hayward. In press. “Hispanic Adult Mortality in the United States: A Review, New Estimates, and Comparisons to Other Population Groups.” Demography.

Hayward, Mark D., Robert A. Hummer, Chi-Tsun Chiu, César González-González, and Rebeca Wong. 2014. “Does the Hispanic Paradox in Mortality Extend to Disability?” Population Research and Policy Review 33:81-96.

Brown, Dustin, Robert A. Hummer, and Mark D. Hayward. 2014. “Spousal Education and Self-Rated Health in the United States.” Population Research and Policy Review 33:127-151. PubMed – in process.

McFarland, Michael J. and Mark D. Hayward. 2014. “Poverty and Awakening Cortisol in Adolescence: The Importance of Timing in Early Life.” Society and Mental Health 4:21-37.

Montez, Jennifer Karas, and Mark D. Hayward. 2014. “Cumulative Childhood Adversity, Education, and Active Life Expectancy among U.S. Adults.” Demography 51:413-435.

Cantu, Phillip A., Mark D. Hayward, Robert A. Hummer, and Chi-Tsun Chiu. 2013. “New Estimates of Racial/ethnic Differences in Life Expectancy with Chronic Morbidity and Functional Loss: Evidence from the National Health Interview Survey. Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology 28:283-297.

Pollack, Craig, Catherine Cubbin, Sania Avesha, Mark Hayward, Donna Vallone, Brian Flaherty, and Paula Braverman. 2013. “Do Wealth Disparities Contribute to Health Disparities within Racial/Ethnic Groups?” Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health 67:439-445.

McFarland, Michael J., Mark D. Hayward, and Dustin Brown. 2013. “I’ve Got You Under My Skin: Marital Biography and Biological Risk.” Journal of Marriage and the Family 75:363-380.

Lariscy, Joseph T., Robert A. Hummer, Jessica M. Rath, Andrea C. Villanti, Mark D. Hayward, and Donna M. Vallone. 2013. “Race/Ethnicity, Nativity, and Tobacco Use among U.S. Young Adults: Results from a Nationally Representative Survey.” Nicotine and Tobacco Research 15(8):1417-1426. PubMed – in Process.

Forman, Michele R., Lauren D. Mangini, Rosenie Thelus-Jean, and Mark D. Hayward. 2013. “Life-course Origins of the Ages at Menarche and Menopause.” Adolescent Health, Medicine and Theraputics 4:1-21.


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