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Alyssa Goldman

Ph.D. Candidate



I am a PhD candidate in the Department of Sociology with a minor in Demography. My research examines social relationships as a product and producer of social inequality across the life course. I study how health and health disparities are shaped by exposures and experiences that occur within the context of close social ties, including criminal justice contact and early life disadvantage. My research emphasizes the dynamic qualities of social relationships, and how these intersect with other stratification processes to contribute to disparities in well-being. I apply a range of quantitative methods to analyze longitudinal survey and administrative data to address these research topics.


Ben Cornwell (chair), Vida Maralani, Erin York Cornwell


Health; Inequality; Criminal justice contact; Social networks, Mass Incarceration




  • Sociology