Sarah W. Johnson
Ph.D. Student, Sociology, University of Michigan, Present
M.P.H., Sociomedical Sciences, Columbia University, 2009
B.A., Sociology, Bryn Mawr College, 2004
Current Projects with Burgard:
Sarah is working with the Michigan Recession and Recovery Study project, examining the links between housing insecurity and health.
Under review Burgard, Sarah A., Kristin S. Seefeldt, and Sarah W. Johnson. “Housing instability and Health: Findings from the Michigan Recession and Recovery Study.”
Sarah's research interests are at the intersection of urban sociology and social epidemiology. She is broadly interested in understanding how causal pathways operate in the association between social conditions and health disparities, and identifying the mechanisms by which investments and divesment in communities affects health disparities. She previously conducted research with Jo Phelan and Bruce Link on the impact of the "genetics revolution" on the stigma of mental illness and obesity, as well as attitudes and beliefs relating to social inequality and its legitimacy.
From 2004–2006, Sarah served as U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in rural Kenya. She is currently a NICHD pre-doctoral trainee at the Population Studies Center at UM.