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Amelia Branigan Ph.D.

Amelia Branigan, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

2112 Parren J Mitchell Art-Sociology
College Park , Maryland 20742
Office Phone: 301-405-6392


  1. Ph.D., Sociology, Northwestern University, 2014
  2. M.A., Sociology, Northwestern University, 2009
  3. B.A., History and Journalism, New York University, magna cum laude, 2004


I am a social demographer with central interests in inequality, health, and the criminal justice system. I currently have three projects ongoing. The first project considers the social consequences of variation in visible phenotype, specifically focusing on body mass and skin color. A second project uses Scandinavian registry data to consider how infertility, defined as the inability to conceive a wanted pregnancy, is associated with differential outcomes in children ultimately conceived. Two new projects consider the interaction between health and the criminal justice system: the first interrogates the association between parental incarceration and child physical health, while the second asks how shifts in spatialized neighborhood violence, operationalized as transitioning gang boundaries in Chicago, affect a range of individual-level and neighborhood-level health and educational outcomes. Studies from these three projects have been published in journals including Demography, Social Forces, and Sociology of Education.