Collin Mueller

Collin Mueller

Postdoctoral Scholar

External Address: 
215 Morris St. Suite 210, Durham, NC 27701
+1 919 613 8142


Collin Mueller is a Postdoctoral Scholar in the Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development at Duke University. Collin specializes in mixed methods research design and team-based ethnographic and qualitative interviewing techniques. His program of research is conceptually grounded in life course perspectives, relational ethnography, and cumulative advantage/disadvantage approaches. His current research explores how social status, exposure to stress and the availability of psycho-social coping resources, healthcare usage trajectories, and changes in health status unfold as individuals age, and how better understanding these processes can inform primary health care delivery for disadvantaged patients and contribute to policy interventions to more effectively reduce health disparities among older adults.

Collin received his B.A. at Rice University, M.Div. at Duke Divinity School, and M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology at Duke University. He has taught courses on inequality, organizations, and social science research methods at the undergraduate and graduate levels at Duke and North Carolina Central University. He has presented at conferences including the annual meetings for the American Sociological Association and Gerontological Society of America, and his research has been published in peer-reviewed outlets including The Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences, Social Compass, Race and Social Problems, and The Gerontologist. His research has been supported by the National Institute on Aging, National Science Foundation, American Sociological Association, Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, Religious Research Association, Foundation for Theological Education, Duke University’s Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development, and the Center for the Study of Philanthropy and Voluntarism at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy. 

Selected Grants

Addressing Unmet Health Needs and Understanding Social and Economic Hardships among Uninsured Residents of a Southern City awarded by American Sociological Association (Principal Investigator). 2016 to 2018

Constant H. Jacquet Research Award awarded by (Principal Investigator). 2016 to 2018

John Wesley Fellowship awarded by A Foundation for Theological Education (PI-Fellow). 2014 to 2018

Mueller, Collin W., and Bryce J. Bartlett. “U.S. Immigration Policy Regimes and Physical Disability Trajectories Among Mexico-U.S. Immigrants..” The Journals of Gerontology. Series B, Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences, vol. 74, no. 4, Apr. 2019, pp. 725–34. Epmc, doi:10.1093/geronb/gbx026. Full Text

Foy, Steven L., and Collin W. Mueller. “Nourish the soul or damage the body? Belief in the connection between Christian moral failure and diminished health.” Social Compass, vol. 65, no. 2, SAGE Publications, June 2018, pp. 247–62. Crossref, doi:10.1177/0037768618768438. Full Text

Charron-Chénier, Raphaël, and Collin W. Mueller. “Racial Disparities in Medical Spending: Healthcare Expenditures for Black and White Households (2013–2015).” Race and Social Problems, vol. 10, no. 2, Springer Science and Business Media LLC, June 2018, pp. 113–33. Crossref, doi:10.1007/s12552-018-9226-4. Full Text

Bradshaw, Matt, et al. “Listening to Religious Music and Mental Health in Later Life..” The Gerontologist, vol. 55, no. 6, Dec. 2015, pp. 961–71. Epmc, doi:10.1093/geront/gnu020. Full Text