J. Scott Brown, PhD

Professor, Department of Sociology & Gerontology
Scripps Research Fellow


PhD, Sociology, Duke University
MA, Sociology, Duke University
MS, Applied Sociology, Clemson University
BA, History & Sociology, Furman University

Research Interests

Life course and aging, with emphases on demographic assessment of mortality and morbidity, race and ethnicity, statistical methods, and the welfare state

Biographical Sketch

Dr. J. Scott Brown is a Professor in the Department of Sociology and Gerontology and Research Fellow with Scripps Gerontology Center at Miami University. His research interests are focused on wealth and health inequalities across the life course with particular emphasis on gender and race differences in physical and mental health. He has authored or co-authored over two dozen articles and book chapters across multiple research areas including mortality and disability, mental-health life course trajectories across age, variation in race and ethnic measurement and its social and health implications, and cross-national investigation of the initiation of and changes in welfare state policies. Additionally, he recently co-authored a book on Global Aging. Dr. Brown is currently working on a National Institutes of Health funded multi-year research project investigating the life course effects of region of residence in early life on a variety of subjective and objective health outcomes in mid- and late-life. He currently serves as an Associate Editor for the Journals of Gerontology: Social Sciences.

Selected Publications

Kunkel, Suzanne R., J. Scott Brown, and Frank J. Whittington. (2014) Global Aging: Comparative Perspectives on Aging and the Life Course. Springer Publishing Company: New York.

Cooke, Heather A., Takashi Yamashita, J. Scott Brown, Jane K. Straker, and Susan Baiton Wilkinson. (2013). “An International Comparison of the Ohio Department of Aging-Resident Satisfaction Survey: Applicability in a U.S. and Canadian Sample.” The Gerontologist 53: 1032-1045. First published November 29, 2012, DOI 10.1093/geront/gns146\

Lynch, Scott M. and J. Scott Brown. (2010). “Obtaining Multistate Life Table Distributions for Highly-Refined Subpopulations from Cross-Sectional Data: A Bayesian Extension of Sullivan’s Method.” Demography 47: 1053-1077.

Brown, J. Scott, Sarah O. Meadows, and Glen H. Elder, Jr. (2007). “Race-Ethnic Inequality and Psychological Distress: Depressive Symptoms from Adolescence to Young Adulthood.” Developmental Psychology 43: 1295-1311.

Hitlin, Steven, J. Scott Brown, and Glen H. Elder, Jr. (2007). “Measuring Latinos: Racial Classification and Self-Understandings.” Social Forces 86: 587-611.

Hitlin, Steven, J. Scott Brown, Glen H. Elder, Jr. (2006). “The Social Process of Racial Identity Development Across Adolescence: Monoracial vs. Multiracial Pathways.” Child Development 77: 1298-1308.

Lynch, Scott M. and J. Scott Brown. (2001). “Reconsidering Mortality Compression and Deceleration: An Alternative Model of Mortality Rates.” Demography 38: 79-95.