Joseph Wolfe. Assistant Professor
Heritage Hall 460A
(205) 8681

Research and Teaching Interests: Social Stratification, Health Disparities, The Life Course, Substance Use

Office Hours: By appointment


  • BA, Millsaps College, Sociology
  • MS, Indiana University, Applied Statistics
  • PhD, Indiana University, Sociology

Hello there! I’m Joseph D. Wolfe, but everybody just calls me J.D. for short. I became interested in studying the social world after taking my first sociology course as a freshman in college. I was blown away by the extent to which social structures shape our life chances. I currently have three lines of work in progress that examine (1) multigenerational processes of health and mortality, (2) the relationship between families' socioeconomic attainments and health across historical contexts, and (3) the intergenerational experiences that influence substance use and its association with mental health.

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  • Social Statistics
  • Social Stratification
  • Classical Theory
  • Deviance
  • Drugs and Society
  • Social Structure and Personality
  • Categorical Data Analysis
  • Classical Theory
  • Deviance
  • Wolfe, Joseph D. Forthcoming. “Age, Cohort, and Social Change: Parental and Spousal Education and White Women’s Health Limitations from 1967 to 2012.” Research on Aging.
  • Wolfe, Joseph D., Shawn Bauldry, Melissa A. Hardy, and Eliza K. Pavalko. Forthcoming. “Multigenerational Socioeconomic Attainments and Mortality among Older Men: An Adjacent Generations Approach.” Demographic Research.
  • Wolfe, Joseph D., Shawn Bauldry, Melissa A. Hardy, and Eliza K. Pavalko. 2018. “Multigenerational Attainments, Racial Inequalities, and the Mortality of Silent Generation Women.” Journal of Health and Social Behavior 59(3): 335-351.
  • Pavalko, Eliza K., and Joseph D. Wolfe. 2016. "Do Women Still Care? Cohort Changes in U.S. Women's Care for the Ill or Disabled.” Social Forces 94: 1359-84.
  • Wolfe, Joseph D. 2015. "The Effects of Socioeconomic Status on Child and Adolescent Physical Health: An Organization and Systematic Comparison of Measures," Social Indicators Research 123: 39-58.
  • Wolfe, Joseph D. and Shawn Bauldry. 2014. “Collecting and Organizing Stata Graphs,” The Stata Journal 14: 965-74.
  • Wolfe, Joseph D. 2009. “Age at First Birth and Alcohol Use,” Journal of Health and Social Behavior 50: 395-409.
  • American Sociological Association
  • Population Association of America
  • Society for the Study of Social Problems
  • Southern Sociological Society