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

Selected Grants

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

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

Longevity and Stress in African American Families awarded by Wayne State University (Principal Investigator). 2016 to 2020

The Cutting E.D.G.E. awarded by (Co Investigator). 2019

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

Brown, T. H. “Racial Stratification, Immigration, and Health Inequality: A Life Course-Intersectional Approach.” Social Forces, vol. 96, no. 4, Oxford University Press (OUP), May 2018, pp. 1507–40. Manual, doi:10.1093/sf/soy013. Full Text Open Access Copy

Brown, Tyson H., and Taylor W. Hargrove. “Psychosocial Mechanisms Underlying Older Black Men's Health..” The Journals of Gerontology. Series B, Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences, vol. 73, no. 2, Jan. 2018, pp. 188–97. Epmc, doi:10.1093/geronb/gbx091. Full Text Open Access Copy

Richardson, Liana J., and Tyson H. Brown. “(En)gendering Racial Disparities in Health Trajectories: A Life Course and Intersectional Analysis..” Ssm  Population Health, vol. 2, Dec. 2016, pp. 425–35. Epmc, doi:10.1016/j.ssmph.2016.04.011. Full Text

Gu, Danan, et al. “Tourism Experiences and Self-Rated Health Among Older Adults in China..” J Aging Health, vol. 28, no. 4, June 2016, pp. 675–703. Pubmed, doi:10.1177/0898264315609906. Full Text

Brown, Tyson H., et al. “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, vol. 57, no. 2, June 2016, pp. 200–22. Epmc, doi:10.1177/0022146516645165. Full Text

Turner, R. Jay, et al. “Childhood adversity and adult health: Evaluating intervening mechanisms..” Social Science & Medicine (1982), vol. 156, May 2016, pp. 114–24. Epmc, doi:10.1016/j.socscimed.2016.02.026. Full Text

Brown, T. H. “Diverging Fortunes: Racial/Ethnic Inequality in Wealth Trajectories in Middle and Late Life.” Race and Social Problems, vol. 8, no. 1, Mar. 2016, pp. 29–41. Scopus, doi:10.1007/s12552-016-9160-2. Full Text

Brown, Tyson H., et al. “Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Men's Health: Examining Psychosocial Mechanisms..” Family & Community Health, vol. 38, no. 4, Oct. 2015, pp. 307–18. Epmc, doi:10.1097/FCH.0000000000000080. Full Text

Hargrove, T. W., and T. H. Brown. “A Life Course Approach to Inequality: Examining Racial/Ethnic Differences in the Relationship between Early Life Socioeconomic Conditions and Health in Later Life Among Men.” Ethnicity & Disease, vol. 25, no. 3, Aug. 2015, pp. 313–313. Manual, doi:10.18865/ed.25.3.313. Full Text

Adkins, Daniel E., et al. “Genome-Wide Meta-Analysis of Longitudinal Alcohol Consumption Across Youth and Early Adulthood..” Twin Res Hum Genet, vol. 18, no. 4, Aug. 2015, pp. 335–47. Pubmed, doi:10.1017/thg.2015.36. Full Text