Michal Engelman, Professor, Sociology, University of Wisconsin
As an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Research Affiliate at the Center for Demography and Ecology (CDE) and the Center for Demography of Health and Aging (CDHA), Michal Engelman studies 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. Her training in demography, gerontology, and biostatistics enables her to draw on theories and methods from both public health and the social sciences in studying the social determinants of health in later life.
Her 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. Her 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. She is 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