John Mirowsky

Faculty Research AssociatePh.D., Yale University

Professor Emeritus of Sociology
John Mirowsky



Professor Mirowsky studies social aspects of health and well being, particularly as they evolve over the life course. His current research looks at the effects on health and well being of education, employment, economic hardship, age at first birth, neighborhood disadvantage and disorder, and the sense of personal control. His recent or forthcoming publications appear in the Journal of Health and Social Behavior, Social Psychology Quarterly, the American Sociological Review, Social Forces, the Journal of Marriage and Family, Social Science and Medicine, Demography, Milbank Quarterly, Sociological Methods and Research, the Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences, and City and Community. The Institute for Scientific Information lists him as a highly cited social science researcher. He is currently a principal investigator, with Catherine E. Ross, on grants to study “Reconceptualizing Socioeconomic Status and Health” (Ross, p.i., Mirowsky, co p.i.; RO1AG035268).

John Mirowsky is a past editor of the Journal of Health and Social Behavior. He is a winner of the Leonard I. Pearlin award for lifetime achievement in the sociology of mental health. He also is co-winner, along with Catherine E. Ross, of the Leo G. Reeder Award for lifetime achievement in medical sociology.

John Mirowsky received his Ph.D. from Yale University in 1981, where he had a U.S. Public Health Service fellowship in the Sociology Department's Psychiatric Epidemiology Training Program. He spent his early career teaching epidemiology and biostatistics to medical students at the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Champaign Urbana. In 1984 he was tenured in the Division of Medical Information Sciences of the College of Medicine and the Department of Sociology of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Illinois. He has been a professor of sociology at the University of Illinois, the Ohio State University, and the University of Texas.


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