Sharon Bzostek, Ph.D.

Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research
Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, (848) 932-5865

Sharon Bzostek (Ph.D., Princeton University, 2009) is an assistant professor of sociology. She is a social demographer particularly interested in recent changes in family demography and their consequences for child and family well-being, as well as social disparities in health and health care. Prior to joining the department, Professor Bzostek was a postdoctoral fellow in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Scholars in Health Policy Research Program at Harvard University. She is currently working on projects related to mothers’ re-partnering after a non-marital birth, better understanding survey respondents’ self-rated health, comparing parent and child reports about children’s lives, and the effects of mixed health insurance coverage within families on children’s health care access and utilization. Her research has appeared in peer-reviewed journals including Demography, Social Forces, Journal of Marriage and Family, Social Science and Medicine, and Health Affairs.