Jennifer Ailshire Portrait

Jennifer Ailshire, PhD

Professor of Gerontology and Sociology
Associate Dean of Research
Associate Dean of International Programs and Global Initiatives

Expertise: Environment, Social-determinants and disparities, Global aging


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


  • Social Determinants of Health
  • Health Disparities
  • Neighborhoods and Health
  • Aging and the Life Course
  • Social Relationships
  • Social Demography


  • Fellow, USC Schaeffer Center


Jennifer 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.

Email: ailshire@usc.edu

Office Location: 218B

Office Phone: (213) 740-7245

Fax: (213) 821-2093

Publications and links:


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Curriculum Vitae