Associate Professsor of Sociology
Ph.D. 2001. Indiana University (Sociology)
Jason Schnittker is interested in the intersection of medical sociology and social psychology. Two research streams follow from this focus: In the first, he is concerned with racial and socioeconomic differences in health beliefs and behaviors. Specifically, he explores the patterns and sources of race differences in beliefs about the causes and treatment of illness and, in turn, attempts to connect these beliefs to race differences in health behavior. In the second, he is concerned with the epidemiological linkages between race, socioeconomic status, and physical and psychological illness. In this stream, most of his research highlights the role of social and cultural contexts, as well as how social factors condition biological risk.