Tyson Brown

Tyson Brown

Assistant Professor of Sociology

External Address: 
263 Social Psychology Building, Box_90088, Durham, NC 27708
(919) 660-5680


Dr. Brown is an assistant professor of sociology and the director of the Center on Health & Society. Brown’s research has examined how and why racial stratification and other axes of inequality combine to shape wealth and health over the life course. He is currently working on several projects that investigate psychosocial mechanisms and “upstream” macro-level factors that underlie social inequalities in health. The first project uses robust analytic techniques to quantify the contributions of socioeconomic adversity and stress processes to racial inequalities in health. The second project is on measuring state-level structural racism and its toxic effects on population health.

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 2008

Selected Grants

Behavioral and Physiology in Aging awarded by National Institutes of Health (Mentor). 2015 to 2020

The Cutting E.D.G.E. awarded by The Rita & Alex Hillman Foundation (Co Investigator). 2019

Longevity and Stress in African American Families awarded by Wayne State University (Principal Investigator). 2016 to 2019

Brown, TH, and Hargrove, TW. "Psychosocial Mechanisms Underlying Older Black Men's Health." The Journals of Gerontology. Series B, Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences 73.2 (January 2018): 188-197. Full Text Open Access Copy

Richardson, LJ, and Brown, TH. "(En)gendering Racial Disparities in Health Trajectories: A Life Course and Intersectional Analysis." SSM - population health 2 (December 2016): 425-435. Full Text

Gu, D, Zhu, H, Brown, T, Hoenig, H, and Zeng, Y. "Tourism Experiences and Self-Rated Health Among Older Adults in China." Journal of Aging and Health 28.4 (June 2016): 675-703. Full Text

Brown, TH, Richardson, LJ, Hargrove, TW, and Thomas, CS. "Using Multiple-hierarchy Stratification and Life Course Approaches to Understand Health Inequalities: The Intersecting Consequences of Race, Gender, SES, and Age." Journal of health and social behavior 57.2 (June 2016): 200-222. Full Text

Turner, RJ, Thomas, CS, and Brown, TH. "Childhood adversity and adult health: Evaluating intervening mechanisms." Social science & medicine (1982) 156 (May 2016): 114-124. Full Text

Brown, TH, Hargrove, TW, and Griffith, DM. "Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Men's Health: Examining Psychosocial Mechanisms." Family & Community Health 38.4 (October 2015): 307-318. Full Text

Adkins, DE, Clark, SL, Copeland, WE, Kennedy, M, Conway, K, Angold, A, Maes, H, Liu, Y, Kumar, G, Erkanli, A, Patkar, AA, Silberg, J, Brown, TH, Fergusson, DM, Horwood, LJ, Eaves, L, van den Oord, EJCG, Sullivan, PF, and Costello, EJ. "Genome-Wide Meta-Analysis of Longitudinal Alcohol Consumption Across Youth and Early Adulthood." Twin research and human genetics : the official journal of the International Society for Twin Studies 18.4 (August 2015): 335-347. Full Text