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

Research and Teaching Interests: Health Disparities, The Life Course, Substance Abuse

Office Hours: By appointment


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

Hi there! I’m Joseph Wolfe, but everybody calls me J.D. for short. I became interested in sociology after taking my first sociology course when I was a freshman in college. I was blown away when I learned the extent to which our social environments shape our lives. My research seeks to better understand the social determinants of health in the U.S. I’m currently working on projects that broadly aim to (1) clarify the relationships between social stratification and health and (2) identify the role of social relationships in linking childhood adversities to mental health in early life and adulthood.

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  • Drugs and Society
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Social Statistics
  • Social Structure and Personality
  • Categorical Data Analysis
  • Classical Theory
  • Wolfe, Joseph D. 2017. “Maternal Alcohol Use Disorders and Depression in Emerging Adulthood: Examining the Relevance of Social Ties, Childhood Adversity, and Socioeconomic Status.” Psychiatry Research 257: 441-45.
  • Wolfe, Joseph D. 2016. “The Effects of Maternal Alcohol Use Disorders on Childhood Relationships and Mental Health.” Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology 51: 1439-48.
  • 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.
  • Pavalko, Eliza K., and Joseph D. Wolfe. 2016. “Unpaid Care Work.” In Madonna Harrington Meyer and Elizabeth Daniele (eds.), Gerontology: Changes, Challenges, and Solutions. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger. 181-203.
  • Joseph D. Wolfe. 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.
  • Joseph D. Wolfe and Shawn Bauldry. 2014. “Collecting and Organizing Stata Graphs,” The Stata Journal 14: 965-74.
  • Joseph D. Wolfe. 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