Tyson Brown

Tyson Brown

Associate Professor of Sociology

External Address: 
263 Social Psychology Building, Box 90088, Durham, NC 27708
(919) 660-5680


Tyson H. Brown is an associate professor of sociology and the director of the Center on Health & Society. During the 2019-2020 academic term, professor Brown is visiting at Oxford University. 

Dr. Brown’s program of research examines the who, when, and how questions regarding ethnoracial inequalities in health and wealth. He has authored numerous articles in leading sociology and population health journals, and his research contributions have been recognized with awards from the American Sociological Association. Brown is also the recipient of Duke University's Thomas Langford Lectureship Award for the 2019-2020 academic year. In addition, he has been awarded funding for his training and research from the National Institutes of Health, the Ford Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Professor Brown is currently working on several projects that investigate “upstream” macro-level factors and psychosocial mechanisms that underlie social inequalities in health. The first project is on the conceptualization and measurement of state-level structural racism and its effects on population health. The second project uses robust analytic techniques to quantify the contributions of socioeconomic adversity and stress processes to ethnoracial inequalities in health.

Education & Training

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

Brown, J. C., and J. C. Hargrove. “Multidimensional Approaches to Examining Gender and Racial/Ethnic Stratification in Health.” Women, Gender, and Families of Color, vol. 1, no. 2, University of Illinois Press, 2013, pp. 180–180. Crossref, doi:10.5406/womgenfamcol.1.2.0180. Full Text

Brown, T. “The Intersection and Accumulation of Racial and Gender Inequality: Black Women's Wealth Trajectories.” Review of Black Political Economy, vol. 39, no. 2, Dec. 2012, pp. 239–58. Scopus, doi:10.1007/s12114-011-9100-8. Full Text

Brown, Tyson H., et al. “Race-ethnicity and health trajectories: tests of three hypotheses across multiple groups and health outcomes..” Journal of Health and Social Behavior, vol. 53, no. 3, Sept. 2012, pp. 359–77. Epmc, doi:10.1177/0022146512455333. Full Text

Warner, David F., and Tyson H. Brown. “Understanding how race/ethnicity and gender define age-trajectories of disability: an intersectionality approach..” Social Science & Medicine (1982), vol. 72, no. 8, Apr. 2011, pp. 1236–48. Epmc, doi:10.1016/j.socscimed.2011.02.034. Full Text

Elder, G. H., et al. “Pathways to the all-volunteer military*.” Social Science Quarterly, vol. 91, no. 2, June 2010, pp. 455–75. Scopus, doi:10.1111/j.1540-6237.2010.00702.x. Full Text

Brown, Tyson H., and David F. Warner. “Divergent pathways? Racial/ethnic differences in older women's labor force withdrawal..” The Journals of Gerontology. Series B, Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences, vol. 63, no. 3, May 2008, pp. S122–34. Epmc, doi:10.1093/geronb/63.3.s122. Full Text

Koropeckyj-Cox, Tanya, et al. “Women of the 1950s and the "normative" life course: the implications of childlessness, fertility timing, and marital status for psychological well-being in late midlife..” International Journal of Aging & Human Development, vol. 64, no. 4, Jan. 2007, pp. 299–330. Epmc, doi:10.2190/8ptl-p745-58u1-3330. Full Text