Jennifer Ailshire, PhD

Assistant Professor of Gerontology


  • BA Sociology, Arizona State University, 2003
  • PhD, Sociology (Demography), University of Michigan, 2009


Social Determinants of Health, Health Disparities, Neighborhoods and Health, Aging and the Life Course, Social Relationships, Social Demography, Spatial Methods, Quantitative Methods


Dr. Ailshire’s research addresses questions that lie at the intersections of social stratification, urban sociology, and the sociology of health and aging. In particular, her research focuses on the importance of the neighborhood environment and social relationships in determining health over the life course. A consistent theme throughout her work is an interest in gender, socioeconomic, racial, and ethnic inequality in health.

Current projects include research on the links between air pollution and health in older adults, neighborhood determinants of racial and ethnic health disparities, and social factors associated with poor sleep.


Mailing Address: University of Southern California
Davis School of Gerontology
3715 McClintock Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0191

Office Location: 218B

Office Phone: (213) 740-7245

Fax: (213) 821-2093