Sarah James, *19

The Role of Sleep in the Status Attainment Process

At Princeton, I am a Ph.D. Candidate in Sociology and Social Policy and a member of the Office of Population Research. 

I study the causes and consequences of health disparities, with an emphasis on the family and community environments that foster or impede healthy behaviors among children and adolescents.

Currently, my research focuses on sleep. Though sleep has received little attention outside of biomedical science, much of what shapes sleep across the life course is social. My work identifies the social determinants of sleep and how sleep matters for the physical and mental health of children and adolescents. In my dissertation, I integrate these themes by embedding sleep in the model of social stratification.

I also investigate how acute exposure to violent events matters for adolescent health. This research identifies inequalities in exposure to gun, neighborhood, and domestic violence and the consequences of these exposures for adolescent wellbeing.

My research has appeared in the Journal of Adolescent Health, the Journal of Pediatrics, and the Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, among other outlets.

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