Michal Engelman

Position title: Professor, Sociology

Email: mengelman@ssc.wisc.edu

Phone: (608) 262-9856

Department of Sociology
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Curriculum Vitae


Engelman’s research combines perspectives from the social sciences and public health to examine the social determinants of health and longevity. She is particularly interested in how social stratification (by socioeconomic status, race/ethnicity, nativity, and geography) manifests in health and mortality inequities. Engelman is the Director of the Center for Demography of Health & Aging, Director of the Wisconsin Longitudinal Study and the Director of the doctoral and postdoctoral training program in Population, Life Course, and Aging. Her current research projects include several NIH-supported studies exploring the impact of neighborhood disadvantage on accelerated epigenetic aging (REWARD) and linkages between early and midlife exposures and cognitive health in later life (ILIAD).

CDE research theme area affiliations

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

Selected Publications

Engelman, M., Joo, W-t, Fletcher, J.M., Burden B.L. 2022. Health, Wealth, and Voting Trajectories in Later Life. The Journals of Gerontology: Series B 77 (4), 827-837.

Jackson, H and Engelman, M. 2022. Deaths, Disparities, and Cumulative (Dis)advantage: How Social Inequities Produce an Impairment Paradox in Later Life. The Journals of Gerontology: Series A 77(2): 392-401.

Evans, L., Engelman, M., Mikulas, A. Malecki, K. 2021. How are Social Determinants of Health Integrated into Epigenetic Research? A Systematic Review. Social Science & Medicine 113738.

Engelman, M. and H. Jackson. 2019. Gradual Change, Homeostasis, or Punctuated Equilibrium? Reconsidering Patterns of Health in Later-Life. Demography 56(6), 2323-2347.

Engelman, M., Seplaki, C., and Varadhan, R. 2017.A Quiescent Phase in Human Mortality? Exploring the Ages of Least Vulnerability. Demography 54, no. 3.

Jackson, H., Engelman, M., and Bandeen-Roche, K. 2017. Robust Respondents and Lost Limitations: The Implications of Nonrandom Missingness for the Estimation of Health Trajectories. Journal of Aging and Health 2017/12/2017: online first.

Engelman, M., Kestenbaum, B., Zuelsdorff, M., Mehta, N., and Lauderdale, D. 2017. Work Disability among Native-Born and Foreign-Born Americans: On Origins, Health, and Social Safety Nets. Demography 54, no. 6: 2273-300.