Jessica Ho, PhD

Assistant Professor of Gerontology


  • BA, Economics and Health and Societies with distinction, minor in English, summa cum laude, University of Pennsylvania, 2009
  • AM, Demography, University of Pennsylvania, 2010
  • PhD, Demography and Sociology, with distinction, University of Pennsylvania, 2013


Jessica Ho is a demographer and sociologist who studies the social determinants of health and mortality. Her research seeks to explain differences in life expectancy and health over the life course across populations. Her three major areas of research examine why American life expectancy lags behind other high-income countries, socioeconomic and racial/ethnic health inequalities, and health and aging in developing countries.