Michal Engelman

Position title: Associate Professor, Sociology

Email: mengelman@ssc.wisc.edu

Phone: (608) 262-9856

Department of Sociology
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Curriculum Vitae


As an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Training Director  at the Center for Demography of Health and Aging (CDHA), and the Director of the Wisconsin Longitudinal Study, I study the dynamics of population aging and health across the life course, with particular emphasis on early and mid-life factors that influence health disparities at older ages. My training in demography, gerontology, and biostatistics enables me to draw on theories and methods from both public health and the social sciences in studying the social determinants of health in later life.

My work focuses on health heterogeneity, including methodological inquiries that bring to light the variability masked by aggregate population health statistics and applied research that explores links between social stratification and health disparities. My research agenda links individual health patterns with aggregate demographic trends within three lines of inquiry: (1) health and inequality across the life course; (2) global aging, migration, and health; and (3) the formal demography of longevity. I am the Associate Director of Training for CDHA, and organize the Demography Training Seminar, which provides professional development opportunities for graduate students in the Demography training program.

CDE research theme area affiliations

Health and the Life Course; Demography of Inequality; Biodemography; Spatial and Environmental Demography

Selected Publications

Engelman, Michal, Christopher Seplaki, and Ravi Varadhan. “A Quiescent Phase in Human Mortality? Exploring the Ages of Least Vulnerability.” Demography 54, no. 3 (2017): 1097-118. PubMed Central ID 5498292.

Jackson, Heide, Michal Engelman, and Karen Bandeen-Roche. “Robust Respondents and Lost Limitations: The Implications of Nonrandom Missingness for the Estimation of Health Trajectories.” Journal of Aging and Health 2017/12/20 (2017): online first. PubMed Central ID 5984107.

Engelman, Michal, Bert Kestenbaum, Megan Zuelsdorff, Neil Mehta, and Diane Lauderdale. “Work Disability among Native-Born and Foreign-Born Americans: On Origins, Health, and Social Safety Nets.” Demography 54, no. 6 (2017): 2273-300. PubMed Central ID 5705426.

Mehta, Neil, Irma Elo, Michal Engelman, Diane Lauderdale, and Bert Kestenbaum. “Life Expectancy among U.S.-Born and Foreign-Born Older Adults in the United States: Estimates from Linked Social Security and Medicare Data.” Demography 53, no. 4 (2016): 1109-34. PubMed Central ID 5026916.

Garoon, Joshua, Michal Engelman, Laura Gitlin, and Sarah Szanton. “Where Does the Neighborhood Go? Trust, Social Engagement, and Health among Older Adults in Baltimore City.” Health & Place 41 (2016): 58-66. PubMed Central ID 5465432.

Engelman, Michal, Hal Caswell, and Emily Agree. “Why Do Lifespan Variability Trends for the Young and Old Diverge? A Perturbation Analysis.” Demographic Research 30 (2014): 1367-96. PubMed Central ID.