Alicia R. Riley

About Me

I'm a doctoral student in Sociology at the University of Chicago. I specialize in the sociology of health inequalities and social epidemiology. I study how population health distributions respond over time to the patterning of structural racism, such as that enacted through residential segregation, incarceration, immigration policy, and other local policies.

Current Projects

I am currently focused on using longitudinal data from multiple sources to specify mechanisms by which local policy can shape racial variation in premature death. I am also engaged in a descriptive analysis of dynamics in the meaning of whiteness and its influence on longevity.

Recent Projects

Check out my latest publication: Neighborhood Disadvantage, Residential Segregation and Beyond - Lessons for Studying Structural Racism and Health

As a Predoctoral Trainee at the Center on Demography and Economics of Aging, and in collaboration with Louise Hawkley and Kathleen Cagney, I used data from the National Social Life Health and Aging Project to measure the impact of living in a disadvantaged neighborhood on residential relocation in later life and how this varies by race. Here is a link to our paper.

In collaboration with Forrest Stuart, Grant Buhr and partners at the YMCA Youth Safety and Violence Prevention Program, I studied how adolescents navigate neighborhood violence in the digital age and if/how activity on social media turns into real-life violence. This project was made possible through funding from the University of Chicago Urban Health Initiative.

Broader Interests

I have a background in social epidemiology and community health, and much of my past work focused on health issues facing Latino communities in the U.S. and Mexico.

I am also interested in computational methods for analysis of new data sources.

Here is my CV.

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