Associate Professor
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Heritage Hall 460A
(205) 8681

Research and Teaching Interests: Health Disparities, Social Stratification, 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 calls me J.D. 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) family processes that shape mortality, (2) the changing association between socioeconomic status and health across historical contexts, and (3) the intergenerational experiences that influence mental health.

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  • Social Stratification
  • Classical Theory
  • Drugs and Society
  • Categorical Data Analysis
  • Classical Theory
  • Cockerham, William C., Joseph D. Wolfe, and Shawn Bauldry. 2020. “Health Lifestyles in Late Middle Age.” Research on Aging42(1): 34-46.
  • Wolfe, Joseph D., Elizabeth H. Baker., and Isabel C. Scarinci. 2019. “Wealth and Obesity Among U.S. Adults Entering Midlife.” Obesity27: 2067-2075.
  • Wolfe, Joseph D. 2019. “Age, Cohort, and Social Change: Parental and Spousal Education and White Women’s Health Limitations from 1967 to 2012.” Research on Aging 41: 186-210.
  • 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: 335-351.
  • American Sociological Association
  • Population Association of America
  • Society for the Study of Social Problems
  • Southern Sociological Society